Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A note from an FFE reader

A member of the Kalamazoo public - and a faithful reader of this blog - sent along a recent link to coverage of a Kalamazoo City Commission meeting with this question: "Was the reporter even at the meeting?" Well, I don't know, but there are certainly a lot of unanswered questions, one that a good reporter, dogged by a good editor would have certainly answered before this story would have seen the light of a laptop.

Also notable is that to illustrate the story, the online version anyway, the Gazette used a file photo of the City Commission saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Hope all the same City Commissioners were there.

One of the commenters on the story asked a great question, one that could have been fleshed out by a reporter at the scene.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Looks like it was written mostly by looking at the agenda.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was the agenda. But so what? It's about giving people who weren't there the information. If they want to know more they can call their legislator or call the local water department. Why do you think that the person writing the story has to dig and suggest that what was presented is wrong or not the whole story. Maybe I don't want some liberal journalist ideal presenting anything to me except the facts. I'll do my own digging, thanks. It's not the old days anymore we don't need journalists to tell us how to think, there's a ton of information on the web and we can find out for ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Just by reading the story, it's not clear the reporter was at the meeting.

If the reporter WAS at the meeting, and came up with this, then, that's really damning.

I could learn the same information by looking at the agenda and the council packet.

I mean, why pay a reporter to do this? Just link to the agenda.

I'm sorry. This is a joke.