Disconnect at the Charlotte Observer

Most of us are still shaking our heads at the National Enquireresque headline hovering over Mark Johnson's articles at the CharO and the N&O this week.

NC House votes to protect gay kids

The headline crafted for S.C. Governor Mark Sanford should come as no shock. Whoever wrote it is trying to show him in a sympathetic light. The problem is, the facts in the article don't support the headline. Here's the headline:

Sanford's e-mails depict anguish over relationship

Here's the first paragraph:

COLUMBIA S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford carried on a lively e-mail exchange with his lover in Buenos Aires, praising her “gentle kisses,” her tan lines and the “curve of your hips,” according to copies of the e-mails given to The (Columbia) State newspaper.

Go read the rest. The man not only shows no anguish in his emails, he shows no shame.


The quality of news coverage and the quality of the writing

is suffering dramatically at the McClatchy newspapers. Just about the only person I read (and believe) at this point is Jim Morrill. He's a traditional journalist - who, what, when, where, why, how and it isn't fact unless it is sourced by multiple independent sources.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Not the only ones

I awoke to my Fayetteville Observer with it's 42-point (I have no idea) font top headline "S.C. Governor Admits Affair." Bloody...you'd think it was the moonlanding.

Now, don't get me wrong...I don't object to it as a newsstory. But not above the fold (or necessarily even front page). I mean, with everything going on in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and North Carolina...it's not even our state! And it's a story about an affair! ...shoddy journalism.

And the print media wonders why nobody reads them

anymore. Thank the Goddess for the intertubes and citizen journalist. Now we don't have to wonder if this is the whole story we just have to do some research. (Which they have obviously given up on doing) Pfft!

Just the facts?

The political reporting seems rudderless. The "gay kids" headline "cross-posted" in the N&O also (front page) was a cheap shot. There seems like a lot of basic information that falls between the cracks separating the CO and N&O political reporting that gravitates from news to editorial.