posted by Ethan at 10/30/2006 06:07:00 PM
Well, the Ledger endorsements have certainly given me pause. Considering the objective nature of their reporting, I have to assume they studied the candidates' positions thoroughly before reluctantly endorsing all the GOP candidates.
A follow up--here is the Ledger's description posted on various freelance opportunity sites on Oct. 11:"A new paper--The Utah Ledger--will soon begin publication. It will contain 4 sections: State News; Local News; Community; Culture. In a sentence, our plan is simple--if you do something right, we are going to shout it from the rooftops; if you do something wrong, we are going to shout it from the rooftops. "Right" is defined as "improving the quality of live along the Wasatch Front." The news sections will focus on politics--officials, agencies, policies & programs; quasi-government organizations like UTA; politically active individuals or groups. We are looking for stories about people and ideas that have or can make life better in our communities (like the transportation infrastructure proposals) as well as those who are really screwing up (such as the Utah Legislature’s failure to fund dental coverage for low-income families in spite of a billion dollar budget surplus). In the community section, the goal is community involvement--local businesses and individuals doing innovative or interesting things (which readers might patronize); non-profit organizations or events (in which the public may participate) and ordinary people who deserve recognition for doing extra-ordinary things. In the culture section, we want to endorse quality artistic endeavors that promote traditional family values and educate or inspire the audience. Particular attention will be paid to local groups & artists--music, dance, theater, gallery shows, academic and self-improvement programs, historic programs & re-enactments--anything that is available to the public. There will be a monthly print edition and weekly web editions. We will be establishing a stable of regular freelance contributors. If you can take an assignment and return compelling, thought-provoking, professional-grade copy within 1 week, submit your resume and your best sample of 500 to 750 words (published samples preferred) in the text of an email to the email below."
Preston McConkie. A friend of mine, I think, (haven't talked to him since he hit the road as a truck driver after his stint with the Weber Sentinel). In the day, I'd spend hours trying to mentor him on things like Carrie Dickson's ethical lapses. But then, I'm not sure those of us who call Preston a friend would list "teachability" in the top ten of his numerous impressive qualities.Oh boy.
It is interesting that most, if not all, of the articles appear to be written under pseudonyms. "Bettyanne Bruin"? "Phoenix Roberts"? You'd think they would put some more effort into their fake names than that.We should have a contest to see who can come up with the next great "Freelance Correspondent" name. Huckleberry Smith, maybe?
That may be. I can attest, however, to the reality of the existence of Preston McConkie. Frankly, I am glad to hear that he is still alive and well and living on planet Earth. Preston, in my opinion, has been burned by some of his former employers, the Utah Weekly among them. The City Weekly actually wrote a story about it that featured Preston and his colorful comments about one of the naughtier members of the Utopoly that I have had the displeasure of working with in the last several years, but who Preston had the greater displeasure of working for. (See related story.) But you'll have to read it for yourself. Yes, Preston is real. I'm just disappointed that he's part of a slam of endorsements that he obviously doesn't have enough information to be making in any kind of a plausible or defensible way.
How sad that a person has to turn to "gorilla" journalism like this “Utah Ledger” in order to find any kind of story regarding Sherrie Swenson's harboring--indeed nurturing--of a sexual predator. (Nice photograph of the two of them together. I have to admit that they do make a cute couple!)The writing is poor. The objectivity is non-existent. And, yet, this propaganda rag has done more to give the voters an honest look at who the Salt Lake County Clerk really is than anything else I have ever seen or heard in the mainstream media. Thank goodness the four or five people who actually read it are going to know the truth.
What a hunk of crapola!It's the Sean Hannity of blogs!I was warned that the GOP wanted to use the blogesphere as a way of pushing their bullcrap. Here it is.
which part is crap? Sherrie keeping a monster on her staff?
Oh great -- another paper with a conservative bias.
Another conservative paper? Jeez. I guess the Trib is conservative too? And the DN?Face it. They are all liberal rags.
It's a hunka, hunka of burning crapola!It's a hunka, hunka of burning crapola!Yes, the Ledger is crap, but no more so than the rest of the crap we have to sort through in the media.Everything out there is biased. The value of the Ledger is not in its neutrality, but in the balancing effect it has upon us all by supplying the "other side" of the story.We don't have to believe the "other side" of the story, but it is important that we at least get to hear it. The mainstream media does a poor job of that. Thank goodness that someone is at least trying.
I just love the Utah Ledger! It reminds of the home-cooking Mom used to make.
I hate the Utah Ledger. It reminds me of the home-cooking I used to get from Sherrie Swenson, but have lost forever and ever and ever. Curse you Carrie Dickson!
Carrie lost because everyone knew she would sell her soul to the devil. Wait, she already did.
I'd like to point out that Phoenix Roberts is a real person, too, even if his name sounds like a pseudonym. Google his name, he's been published elsewhere.
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