Thursday, August 18, 2005

AT LEAST, THAT IS HOW NORMAL PEOPLE BEHAVE: I'm a fan of Mike Ward's sense of humor. Today, he does it again, with The Weekly Column of a Local-Newspaper Ombudsman Attempting to Communicate His Marital Frustrations Through His Work:
One reader angrily wondered how our coverage of monthly city-council meetings always seems to wind up on page A8, while other stories she considered less important, including one about a family's puppy nearly drowning in a pool and one about a local resident's ambitious flower garden, made the front page. Newspapers commonly receive complaints like this, but the fact is that putting together a paper comes down to priorities. We all have priorities. For example, some of us like to save our money to go on a decent vacation, while others seem to care only about buying more old furniture that nobody is allowed to sit on anyway. The fact is that the editor has chosen to prioritize human-interest stories over local politics, and this probably isn't going to change anytime soon, no matter how foolish and wasteful it is.

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