Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Er, how's that again, Nathan?

On October 21, 2005, Gray News minutes taker Nathan Tsukroff wrote:

A Town Manager serves at the pleasure of the Town Council in a relationship not unlike that of employer and employee.

Um, I hate to break it to Nathan, but the Manager is an employee. Exactly like. That's why the Manager has an employee contract. It's why the Council reviews his work performance each year. It's why the Council negotiates and sets his salary. It's why he can be fired with cause. What's it spell? e-m-p-l-o-y-e-e.

Perhaps Nathan should become more familiar with the workings of the town before he editorializes or reports upon them. It's always best to study up before you go to print, it results in accuracy and often, less bias. Or stick to taking minutes. That actually might be the best thing.

8 Comments:

  • Nathan seems like he should be smart...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 AM  

  • How could Nathan have written that? 'Not unlike'?? What was he trying to prove?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:11 AM  

  • That the Manager was as independent as possible from the council, because the Gray News always sides with the employees.

    It was during the time the new council was reviewing the manager's performance. The Gray News took umbrage to that. So Nathan tried to manipulate the facts to illustrate that the manager wasn't really as much under the council as the charter says, and to downplay the council's authority to conduct that review.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 7:23 AM  

  • Biasbuster, you are driving Tinman crazy. Keep it up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:03 AM  

  • Well...it's not my intent to drive anyone crazy. Only to provide a perspective of how a newspaper can manipulate the truth to show bias instead, and how their pervasive negativity hurts a town.

    I can't control people's reactions, though. And we have seen over the last year or more that some people react badly to criticism, scrutiny, and challenge.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 8:11 AM  

  • This is hilarious. Nathan writing the employee-employer relationship the manager-council share is not unlike that of employee-and employer.

    You have to read his and Ray's stuff closely, but I see whut you mean. Manipulative language and twisting truth ends up with biased newspaper reporting

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 AM  

  • Nathan's reporting is questionable. His ethics are nil. His long-term ability to commit to anything is like jello stuck to the wall. If anything in the Gray news or anywhere has his name attached, I skip reading it. Why waste my time?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:19 PM  

  • Nathan 'seems' to be smart...??? Just goes to show "what you see is not always what you get"!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 AM  

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