Friday, June 20, 2008


Good one here. Donna Ladd and a poor little Clarion-Ledger blogger named Marcela are getting into it over on the JFP forums.

"Hi Donna, Marcela Cartagena here.Thanks so much for the publicity. What an honor to be chastised by someone with so much intelligence and intellect, and class! I find it really interesting that you are calling me a "judgmental chick" when it appears that part of your job description as “editor” is to criticize and judge the Clarion-Ledger, your competitor, on a daily basis. You spend so much time and energy picking on the CL staff, you are beginning to sound like a high school bully. Your strange obsession with the Ledger is getting old, girl. If you hate this paper with such passion so then why waste your time reading it! It's time to move on. Seriously.
posted by marcela on 06/18/08 at 05:14 PM

Welcome, Marcela! I was wondering how long it was going to take you to post, girlfriend, since I OK'd your registration yesterday. I'd hoped we were going to get into a good political discussion. I know you're a big Hillary fan. ;-)
You might ought to check with the Ledger honchos; you just acknowledged us in print, which I know is against the house rules over there where nobody never, ever reads or criticizes the JFP. (At least now that Newhouse is gone; say hey to the TDN staff for me.)
Speaking of TDN, what did you think about that strategy of Gannett to control the distribution locations of their "competition," the rest of us little locally owned publications? Did you scold them about their rudeness as well (like Editor & Publisher magazine did in an editorial)? Or, is that not old school enough for you?
Your tirade here is an interesting attempt to change the subject, but let's get back on thread, which are the house rules over here. This thread is about your "picking on" a 9-year-old girl for reading a book during her father's speech to black fathers. Perhaps that doesn't quite compare, on your moral compass, with "picking on" the world's largest newspaper company--which barely can figure out how to cover the city it's in thus helping a mayor like Melton get elected--but over here, and apparently on your site, a lot of people find that appalling, regardless of their politics.So, what is "old school" about that? Or "old fashioned"? Could you explain it to us unwashed, classless alty types who spend all our times "picking on" the poor competition?
Oh, and did I mention that I'm tickled that you're here. Let's have some cross-town media rivalry fun for our readers, or for mine anyway. This is good for a few extra page views, I'm sure. And invite your co-workers over. They're welcome, too.The answer to your last riddle there is: I read it so my readers don't have to. And I criticize it to try to shame anybody, somebody over there into upholding their journalistic responsibility to do good reporting in this market. It sometimes works.
posted by
ladd on 06/18/08 at 05:26 PM ..."

Read the rest of the food fight at

By the way, the Publisher, Todd Stauffer, makes some pretty good comments. Seriously.


Anonymous said...

Too much whining in this food fight....would turn a buzzard's stomach.

Kingfish said...

hehehe. ya think. I should've titled it "catfight".

It is somewhat ridiculous for her to sit there and blast Marcela the way she did for Gannett's corporate sins. I completely agree with Donna and Todd's stance on the TDN issue and they have every right to be angry over it. It was a sleazy play by Gannett to put them out of business. However, she is also the one that says the employees are unhappy there, have no control, etc. Marcela is a copy editor and has no influence over the grievances that those two have against Gannett. Her grievances are against the corporation itself, the publisher, Grace Simmons (metro editor), and Ronnie Agnew, not the employees themselves who are just following company policy.

I also found it interesting how she whines, and yes whines, about how the CL doesn't have enough diversity and then takes it upon herself to blast every female that writes for them. She's done it to Marcela, Leah Rupp, Natalie Chandler, and others.

Of course, it would help if she had actually worked at a newspaper before.

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