Because - AnglRdr - people get conned all the time by predators, whether they be sexual, financial or run-of-the mill-batterers... - who are good at hiding who they are.
Keep in mind this is not the first time in recent memory THP has violated the rights of a reporter. A couple of years ago, it emerged that THP's Lt. Ronnie Shirley ran unauthorized background checks on nearly 200 people - including Tennessean reporter Brad Schrade who single-handedly exposed corruption and cronyism in their ranks. My guess is there is no love lost between THP and media, and that won't change after this. What has to change is at the leadership level, someone who makes it clear to rank-and-file what is and isn't tolerated by professional law enforcement.
I agree it was a cheap shot to take at the speaker being out of town. And you don't need cheap shots in this story. It's pure gold just the way it is.
On second thought....I disagree with the "generally ethical." From the whole TennCare fiasco, in which internal dissent was met with a threat of being sent off to dig pot holes, the "To Hell with TJC" strategy which focused on PR rather than health policy, the THP scandals, Dave Cooley and what looks like a very ethically challenged launching of a private solar energy company by Bredesen, Farr and Kisber. Outside of the volunteer state, thankfully, the TennCare issue was at least positioned as a heartless failure of governance. Hopefully, history will make clearer Bredesen's weak tenure as governor here at home.
Unsweetened or sweetened cocoa??
My guess is this is the best story The Tennessean had to offer on this particular day. The days of a daily newspaper being able to consistently and comprehensively report and prioritize the stories of the day are over....or do YOU pay to have the Tennessean delivered to your door each morning? If you do, you're the minority, which has left the Tennessean with a smaller circulation, budget and a decimated staff able to do what they can do.
I personally thought it was an interesting story, although I agree that in the old scheme of things not front page worthy. But in a town that boasts probably more Christian enterprises and headquarters and publications than most others in this fine country, I don't think its weird at all to have a story that dives into a particular Christian issue on the front page. I, too, am not Christian.
Just as the Scene doesn't offer its previously biting and insightful critiques of the Tennessean on a regular basis that many of us interested in media appreciated years ago, the Tennessean is not longer providing the same community service it once did to a paying community that no longer pays. I guess I'm trying to say that critiques are great, but you need to put them in context a little bit.
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