Some recent comments on a previous post about dissatisfaction with the coverage of Flushing Township came with some pretty brutal charges.
Someone said the reporters don't care.
I still know a few, a brave few, who still work at the Journal, and although they basically avoid me like the plague over concern that their bosses might punish them for talking with the enemy, the charge they don't care is just not true.
Folks don't go into journalism because they don't care. It certainly isn't for the money and benefits, especially now as the old model is being dismantled.
No one, not in their right mind anyway, would stay in journalism unless they cared about either the idea of journalism or they cared about people.
So put me down as standing up for those few still laboring in the fields. They care, they just might not have time to show it.
By the way, here's an example of great reporting from an old pro, still at the Journal.
Here's the lede, just to whet your appetite:
BEECHER -- Five members on an obscure local water and sewer board here recently charged taxpayers $36,000 for a 19-day trip to California.
Their bills included stays at a $260-per-night hotel in San Diego, dinners of shrimp cocktail and filet mignon, even $50 tickets to Sea World -- courtesy of some of the poorest residents of Genesee County.
(They justified the Sea World experience because they could study the effects of water filtration there.)