The Kingsport Times-News helps catch bad guys… and their good deed almost makes up for the lopsided political coverage of late… okay, not really.
C’mon! Yard signs? Hank, you actually emailed a candidate to ask how many yard signs he’d distributed throughout the district? Were you being serious or is was this your journalistic way of saying: “Neener, neener, neener! I have The Power!”
You know – I get this sneaking feeling we’ve moved beyond not covering a candidate for reasons you think are valid or because readers haven’t expressed an interest and into more of a “these people have annoyed me, so HA!” type of situation.
And maybe some of us bloggers were a bit harsh with our truth-telling. Maybe we picked on you a little too much. My Mama always said you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar… so, I’m willing to meet you halfway. What if I volunteer for the Russell campaign AND give Rob $5? Oh, and does this count as a yard sign?
Then, if I asked very nicely – such as:
Dear Mr. Times-News Reporter:
As a reader of your newspaper, I must say your political coverage sometimes brings tears to my eyes. (It does. It really does.) And I would be ever so appreciative if you could cover the Democratic candidates in this election as proficiently as you’ve covered the Republicans. Could you please do that? Please? Oh pretty please with a cherry on top… or a beer. Your choice.
But after this, I’m definitely going to need the beer.
Would something like that work?
If not, I’d feel compelled to tell you – I’ve always liked Don better anyway. Neener, neener.