Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Brevity is disrespectful in some cases

In the October 20 issue of the Gray News, Ray Clark wrote:

"Dispatch goes to Cumberland"
"The Gray Town Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to transfer Gray Fire-Rescue's dispatch operation to Cumberland County. The move is intended to save the Town money.
Other entities offering dispatch services included the Maine State Police and a combination of the dispatch offices of Raymond and Gray. Only Cumberland County and the State Police submitted actual bids. Despite Councilor Andy Upham's policy against doing business with fewer than three bids, the Council's vote was unanimous."

A brief entry such as this does more to misinform than inform because it leaves the reader with many questions.

Clark chose to write 'intended to save the town money' but chose not to write how much it will save, why Council wanted to go in this direction, or what the costs used to be before the vote.

He chose to raise the issue of the three bids but chose not to ask the council about it, or inform the readers as to the reasons why two bids instead of three.

He chose to cloud the issue by stating two entities submitted "actual" bids, leaving the reader to wonder if there were other bids, or to wonder what he meant by 'actual.'

He chose to say the council voted, but chose not to disclose that it was unanimous. He chose not to print any of the council comments during discussion, he chose not to print any audience comments, he chose not to print any comments uttered from Gray Dispatch. He chose not to print any parameters of the bids, or what will happen next now that the vote has come down.

He chose to lie, and claim that it was 'Andy Upham's policy' and not that the three-bid policy had been in place in the Manager's Administrative Code long before Andy Upham came to town.

In short, Clark printed a brief article in which he chose to dispense the information he wanted and not the information the readers needed.

Ray Clark is a bad reporter.

12 Comments:

  • It is sad when Ray Clark deliberately attempts to 'mis-lead' the public; and his implications of impropriety on the part of the Council is bizarre. He NEVER presents all the facts, he continues to LIE, is most unethical, and really is such a Poor example of an editor. When is HE going to 'get it'??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:41 AM  

  • He will never "get it." He is living in another dimension
    with a very tenuous connection to the reality most of us experience.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:50 PM  

  • I see you are still wasting valuable time on this silly blog

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:21 AM  

  • Ah, but it's my time to waste, isn't it. And aren't you wasting yours as well, buy coming here, reading it, and commenting? Though I am glad that you do.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 3:22 PM  

  • Anyone see the news in this weeks version...oh wait...thats right...there wasn't any!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:12 AM  

  • Be ready this week for letters and other that will malign certain candidates by making statements which cannot be checked-out before the election. Look for Donnie Carroll and the recall gang.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 AM  

  • OMG...your going to have a field day with this weeks 'version' of the news. The Dispatch article from the front page has something wrong in EVERY paragragh...unbelievable!!
    Who still advertises in this...and WHY? I would want to be associated with him.
    I'll fill in when you get tired on this weeks paper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:21 AM  

  • Sure, fill me in! I don't have the paper version, I look at it online, always have. I don't get out much.

    What were the incorrect Dispatch facts?

    Did you read Elizabeth's blog? She's saying again that the rumors from this summer have resurfaced that the GN is sold...to the Lewiston Sun Journal. She still has contacts in the news industry, so I hope they're right.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 11:39 AM  

  • Hopefully, Gray News IS SOLD! Also, I would think whomever the new owner is, THEY will see through Ray Clark and Nathan Tsukroff and be done with them!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 AM  

  • Well...now we know GN has been rescued by Windham Independent! I have no doubts that THEY will see through Ray Clark and Nathan Tsukroff; and send them packing! Ray can fool some of the people Some of the time, but He can't fool all of the people All of the Time! I think he has 'met-his-match'; and his lack of journalistic experience is going to be his downfall..sooner than later!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM  

  • Bulletin....Ray Clark is RETIRING!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:06 PM  

  • Accountability is an obligation that comes with public office and is a quality very much Lacking in Alison Libbey. She needs to be given 'the boot' per our Town Charter. Bad Behaviour should not be rewarded.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 PM  

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