scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Kathy Coates' insulting remark
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Mon May 01 2000 - 19:53:05 CDT
At 05:50 PM 4/30/00 -0400, Kerry W. Sipe wrote:
>The fact is most newspapers are as accurate, fair and balanced as the good,
>decent people who work for them can make them. They deserve better than
>this kind of indiscriminate and un-Scoutlike slur.
I cannot speak for whether or not newspaper reporters, editors, etc.
purposefully manipulate stories to make them more interesting.
However, I have been through a couple of situations with my Troop that were
in the newspapers. It had to do with the process by which our local Park
District decided not to sponsor us anymore (fearing a lawsuit based on the
ACLU's threat against the City of Chicago for sponsoring Explorer Posts).
The Park District dropped us, and frankly they were probably right about
worrying about being sued. We got picked up by St. Helena's Episcopal
Church, of Burr Ridge, Ill., and all's right with the world.
However, the stories were horrible. I had to write a correction for the
first one, dealing only with errors of fact, not interpretation, that ran
as long as the article, although to the paper's credit they printed the
letter unedited. I'm talking age of the unit, number of boys, where they
come from, quotes from the Park District Board members, etc. The second
article was just as bad, but I decided to let it go.
I also follow their stories on the Park District. They flat don't do a
good job of writing or fact finding. They are not a reliable source of
information. It's very unfortunate, as our local taxing bodies spend a lot
of money. We need an accurate, well written paper to get information from,
but we don't have it.
The paper's only saving grace are the excellent articles they write on the
local prep sports scene, especially the ones that feature my daughter! She
plays on 5 teams, and she's in there a lot.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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