Open thread


Mark Johnson

Gary Pearce's headline is "From scoop to flack." I was thinking more along the lines of "From sinking ship to rudderless ship."

Mark Johnson of The Charlotte Observer/News & Observer is the latest to leave. I haven’t talked to Mark about his decision, but I assume it has something to do with the uncertain future of newspapers.


Mark is becoming Governor Perdue’s deputy communications director. It’s a coup for her – and a challenge for him.

Best wishes to Mr. Johnson. I agree with Gary that this is a coup for the Governor. I just hope she has the sense to listen to his good advice.