So this Bonna Johnson story
about a sale at a Brentwood boutique can still be found on The Tennessean's
website and, incredibly enough, it's tagged as a local news
story. How is that possible? It's a flat-out ad. There is no other way to describe it.
Worst of all, it's hard to imagine that the Stacey Rhodes Boutique buys that many Tennessean
ads. So if you're going to whore yourself out, at least make some cash.
At first, I reasoned the posting of Johnson's story was a simple mistake. Maybe it was meant as ad copy and somehow was cut and pasted into a news template. I don't know, I'm trying to give everyone the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe the write-up was meant for one of the paper's shopping blogs and somehow was filed incorrectly. But here we are, nearly a day later, and the story remains the same. Is it possible that The Tennessean
thinks that a sale at a tiny Brentwood clothing store in the midst of an economic downturn is newsworthy?
We're waiting on an official explanation from Tennessean
editor Mark Silverman, but until then, does anyone have any idea how this happened?