Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Palm Reader's Debut

Well, the anti-Palm Beach Post person has come forward, with an example of allegedly bad journalism from the paper up North. The source says that this story about Scripps from Post reporter Thomas R. Collins is nothing but a piece of biowaste. The source, who we'll code-name "Palm Reader," says this about the article: "The thing I found particularly bad about this story is that it seems to push a management agenda -- it's not in the Post's interest to have Scripps in Boca, because they long ago ceded Boca coverage to the Sentinel, and Jupiter (the other horse in the Scripps race) is in their backyard. The Sentinel doesn't care either way, since they're looking to follow Scripps to grow circulation."

Well, I suppose you can guess where Palm Reader is coming from. But it's definitely an interesting take -- and the Pulp is a sucker for a good dust-up.

Story of the Day

Nice report by Susannah A. Nesmith in the Herald today about a bunch of school employees -- including some teachers -- in Broward and Miami-Dade who were involved in a grade-fixing scandal at Florida Memorial University. I love ironic shit like that. But the story of the day goes to the Sun Sentinel for the tag-team coverage by Jon Burstein and Mike Mayo of the freeing of Broward lawyer Adam Katz. Katz was the poor fellow -- and father of six children -- who was sentenced to 60 days in jail by Broward's Chief Prig, Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman. It's official: We all just have to hate this bitch.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still looking in vain for anything that Palm Reader claims is inaccurate about the Post story. Did it misquote Mayor Frankel's opinion on Scripps or misrepresent the city's position?

This weird complaint also ignores the oodles of stories the Post has been writing (ad nauseam) about officials in Boca touting the virtues of their site. To take one story out of hundreds of Scripps stories and claim that this one article happens to coincide with some conjectured-upon management agenda, and is therefore "biowaste," is a bit less than compelling as journalism criticism goes. I score this 1 out of 10, but thanks for playing.

On the other hand, thanks for departing a bit from your Broward-centricism.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing factually wrong with the Post story -- though I would think that quoting someone from Boca might be good. The story struck me as one-sided. Then again, it kept with the Post's habit of treating south Palm Beach County like it doesn't matter.

Honestly, that story might have been best left unwritten -- are people really clamoring to know what Lois Frankel thinks about Scripps? Or that tidbit could have been folded into another Scripps story. I'm sure there were several Scripps stories that day -- both papers have written countless stories on Scripps, though I question how many of them are actually read.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The PB Post is certainly not above criticism, but let's use a little good judgment here. How does one short, routine article about a letter the WPB mayor has written all of a sudden constitute a Scripps blow job? Just because the 'Palm Reader' didn't like the ramifications of the story, it's suddenly dismissed as bad journalism? Who made him/her judge and jury?

I don't see how this story, which purports to do nothing but reflect the city's views on where Scripps locates, qualifies as "a piece of biowaste."

There's nothing wrong with critiquing the local media. Done fairly, it's an important service. But if this blog is going to resort to throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks, it's going to lose all credibility.

P.S. If you want a real Palm Beach County media scoop, why don't you look into why the Sun-Sentinel ousted its Palm Beach County editor last month?

11:26 AM  

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