Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ray Clark is making basic mistakes now

On August 18, Ray Clark of The Gray News wrote: "At the same Council meeting, Town Manager Deb Cabanna announced that Tracie Lammers has been appointed Director of the Gray Public Library."

The Town Manager spells her name: 'Cabana.' Mr. Clark also misspelled the previous Manager, Mr. Berkowitz's, name when he first arrived, too, writing "Mitchell Berkowicz" (Gray News, Apr 20, 2001.)

On August 18, Ray Clark of the Gray News wrote: "How motorists are expected to get into or out of the Dunkin' Donuts without making some sort of illegal driving maneuver was not explained."

You go right into and out of Dunkin Donuts. This was just a plain weird statement from Ray Clark. It is nonsensical and does not inform.


  • Ray Clark makes lots of weird comments; and for the life of me I don't understand why he is still connected with GN, or any paper for that matter!! It's apparent that 'retirement' should be his choice; and all of the Directors should seriously consider doing the same!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM  

  • He wrote a lazy piece about the Chief, and then, at the very end, he actually said he "almost got it right".

    that was bad. I think the chief would have been disappointed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:25 PM  

  • Yes, that was bad. I do not think he has it in him to offer a sincere compliment. I had missed it. Thanks for pointing it out.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 6:27 PM  

  • I describe Clark's mistakes as ignorant let alone basic.

    By Anonymous Joyce, at 9:30 PM  

  • I don't get the Mosquito thing. Anyone explain what it means?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:07 AM  

  • When Ray Clark gets angry, as editor, he should be making reasonable statements that persuade the readers, or at least inform them, as to why he feels the way he does.

    Ray Clark does not do that. When he gets mad, he simply calls people names. Or makes slurs against their competence, without substantiation. On August 4, his "In My Humble Opinion" editorial, he did both. He wrote that the three councilors with whom he does not agree are the Three Mosquitos. To wit:

    Here they go again.
    The Three Mosquitoes have hatched a plan to do away with Gray Dispatch, and save (they say) $100,000 a year by contracting with Cumberland County for 911 services.

    So here you are, a little older than you were, in your kitchen, having a cup of coffee and preparing dinner. Oh, oh! The grease in the frying pan gets too hot and bang! the stove's on fire! You rush to the phone and punch in 911. A voice answers. "My stove's on fire!" you stammer. "Where do you live?" the voice asks. "Umpty-ump Frizzleberry Lane," you scream, getting more terrified by the moment. You forget that the name of your street was changed to Whoopdedo Terrace a year ago, so 911 wouldn't confuse your street with Twizzleberry Path, across Town. And, well, you never did put up the house number out where it could be seen at night.

    The dispatcher says he'll send a fire truck out right away.

    And maybe that dispatcher, who's never been in Gray, will get the right number and the right street, and maybe he'll relay it correctly to Gray Fire-Rescue. Almost certainly he will.

    A few years ago, when you dialed 911, you might have been talking to Judy Huff, or one of the other Gray dispatch people. She would have known who you were by your voice. (She also would have known that you're getting a little older.) She would have known exactly where your house is, and when she sent the word to Fire-Rescue, she would have given exact and accurate directions.

    And maybe the guy from Cumberland County Dispatch will, too.

    Maybe talking to Judy Huff would have saved just a minute or two. Hardly enough time to worry about-unless, of course, your oven is on fire, and you're in your house with all the things most precious to you in sudden mortal danger.

    (We won't even think about what happens when the fire trucks pull up and discover the nearest water is a mile away, thanks to the Three Mosquitoes' fondness for saving developers money.)

    Is this a pretty far-fetched scenario? Yes. 99 times out of 100, Cumberland County will perform perfectly, and nobody will ever know the difference.

    So 99 times out of 100, the switch from local dispatch to Cumberland County Dispatch will be a great idea.

    You just have to hope you're not one in a hundred.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 7:14 AM  

  • Anonymous said...
    8:07AM I don't get the mosquito thing? Well, this is another Ray Clark display of rudeness! He referred to the Council Men as "The Three Mosquitos". When Ray gets mad, he calls people names. NOT a professional way to react, but he has proven time-and-time again how unethical he is, He Lies continually, and in my opinion, Has NO Credibility!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:15 AM  

  • What did he call the women who agree with the men on almost all points? Or is Ray Clark on a vendetta?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:08 PM  

  • I don't know...let me know if it comes to you. As far as vendetta, Ray Clark is always, permanently, on a vendetta.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 2:46 PM  

  • The gray news article quoted by biasbuster above is unbelievable.

    First off, I believe that Gray uses enhanced 911, so it really doesn't matter what you call your street, since your correct address pops up on the dispatcher's computer display. Any dispatcher should get your address correct 100 percent of the time, if you're calling in from your home phone.

    Next, it's very folksy and small-town to talk about "Judy Huff, or one of the other Gray dispatch people." I've lived in town for just over 5 years, and since I don't know Judy Huff, and thankfully I've never called 911, the dispatchers wouldn't have the foggiest notion of who I am, let alone what my voice sounds like.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:33 PM  

  • Ray Clark does NOT set very high standards for the Gray News or Himself! When you have no real expectations, you get Nothing! The Paper is Boring...Ray Clark is Boring...They are destined to Failure!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:12 PM  

  • Hopefully, Windham Independent will realize Ray Clark's 'Low Standards' and Boring Editorials cannot succeed. If they become 'sucked in' to Ray's Lies, His Unethical Behaviour, and Biased Editorials...Shame on Them!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

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