News-Sentinel should quit trying to hide its agendaWith every word on his blog, News-Sentinel editor Jack McElroy (whose boss is in bed with Bredesen) continues to prove his paper's bias and political agenda. Mr. McElroy's excuse for why the News-Sentinel failed to cover the attempted murder of a candidate for County Mayor is that:
"News of gunshots outside a downtown building is a brief item, at best, and that's how we played it."
Mr. McElroy says that "that night, our city editor heard of the shooting on the police scanner and assigned a reporter to check it out. She got the essentials from the police -- that shots had been fired outside Hall's Depot Avenue business -- and tried to call Hall. He didn't answer or call back."
Okay, so the city editor got the essentials from the police-fine. The fact that this business was owned by a candidate for County Mayor and that he frequents the place apparently has no bearing in Mr. McElroy's journalistic world on whether it gets top billing. This is Knoxville, not New York-shots being fired in a downtown business is a big deal, look at how the television media tends to treat such incidents!
With every word out of McElroy's mouth, he does nothing more than prove that the News-Sentinel not only has a bias but also has an agenda. The paper's lack of ability to use every resource at its disposal to cover an attempt to shoot a candidate for our County Executive speaks volumes about the priorities of the paper. At the very least, the News-Sentinel's priorities are skewed, and at most, they are arranged to fit the paper's political agenda.
Nearly a year ago, I put in a resume at the News-Sentinel. Most places where I have put in resumes either call me for an interview or send me a courtesy letter some weeks later explaining that the position had been filled-that is the usual drill. It bears noting that since putting in my resume at the News-Sentinel, I have never heard a thing from them-no calls, no letters, no e-mails. Now, I am sure I am not the only person in that position, but it does make you wonder-how many potential reporters, writers, and other employees who are conservative have been turned away?
It bears noting in all of this that the News-Sentinel not only endorsed Mike Ragsdale, but did so in such glowing terms that you would think Ragsdale was Messiah and Lord.
Update: Here is more in the News-Sentinel's failure from Say Uncle.
Hat tip to Terry Frank.