Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ray Clark is good at twisting words

On August 25, Ray Clark wrote:

"The Council will be forced to make a hurried decision on whether to send the change to the voters in November, as some members wish, because of the timing requirements of absentee ballot availability."

This is a very good job of two things: twisting and editorializing. Mr. Clark alluded to three facts but failed to be specific: 'who is forcing'? 'some members, well, which members?' 'What are the timing requirements?' By alluding to facts but then pulling back and not stating them, it's editorializing, not news presentation. Also, the statement maligns, not informs. Maligning sneers have no place in a news article.

Here is the twisting part: Mr. Clark made it sound as if the council was doing something wrong or illegal, when in fact they are complying with the law. The law states that charter hearings and proposals have to be completed within a certain time frame prior to its vote.

Mr. Clark's statement is also factually incorrect. The council is not making a hurried decision. They have been discussing this for about 7 months. They put it on their agenda's 'bring up' list with a date of August, said they would get into the nuts and bolts of the issue then. When August came, they did, discussion occurred for four hours earlier this month at a workshop. The hearing was set for September.

Development of an issue over 7 months is not hurried. Mr. Clark should not twist the fact to cast shadows on the council's doings, and if he mentions facts, he should mention ALL the facts and be specific. Anything less is just rumor, fiction, and slimy innuendo.


  • It's a said state of affairs for the board of this paper to allow his bias to continue. The Gray Enquirer is how it's becoming known, FAR fro where the Gray News started.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM  

  • This is a very good example of Clarks bias. He does not want this proposal to pass so he slants his "reporting" to cast it unfavorably, without having the courage to come out and say what he believes. Oh, he probably will someday editorialize explicitly, but in the meantime he paints it as negatively as possible.

    Disreputable and gutless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 PM  

  • Yes, "gutless." Like the bullies that hid behind garages and threw apples, and then ran away. Gutless. It's because he is afraid of the people, that they might have an opinion different from his.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 PM  

  • I wonder if Ray Clark was a friend of Chubby Checkers? He sure does no how to 'Twist'!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

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