Thursday, December 28, 2023

Good Job, Clarion-Ledger, Good Job

 What is wrong with this story? 

The newspaper reported Scrooge's would be closed Christmas Day.  The only problem is the restaurant was open.  Christmas Day is usually quite busy for the few restaurants that do open and Scrooges was no exception. Unfortunately for the restaurant, business was less than it was the year before thanks to the newspaper reporting it would be closed.  Words mean things, guys and gals.    

One must wonder if the CL hates Jackson restaurants.  The newspaper pulled a similar stunt last year when it published a rather misleading headline: 

The only problem with the story was well, there was a real Rest of the story.  JJ reported: 

The newspaper reported on the front page: 

In a combined effort between the Clarion Ledger and the MCIR, samples were collected from faucets at 17 locations throughout Jackson, including residences, businesses, schools and restaurants as well as the State Capitol Building. The Clarion Ledger commissioned and paid for testing independent of the city or state. Testing of those samples by Waypoint Analytical in Ridgeland showed low levels of lead in the water in seven of those locations. 

The newspaper didn't mention one little crucial fact until page 8A:

All independent testing results by the CL and MCIR met allowable government standards for safe drinking. The microsampling by the CL and MCIR does not constitute a complete scientific testing but serves as an example for the challenges Jackson faces.

You are reading that correctly.  Despite the front-page hysteria, the newspaper finally tells the truth on page 8A: the water is safe.  Unfortunately, the damage was done as it named a restaurant that will not be named in this post: 

Forest Hill High School, The Mississippi State Capitol Building, xxxxx xxxxxxx, a residence on Red Oak Drive in South Jackson and a residence on Normandy Dr. in Northeast Jackson also displayed elevated lead levels.

Well, guess what happened at the restaurant last night.  You guessed it.  Customers were suddenly requesting bottled water and asking the staff about the article.  Keep in mind "All independent testing results by the CL and MCIR met allowable government standards for safe drinking." Unfortunately, the damage was done.  

Good job,

Clarion-Ledger, good job. 


Anonymous said...

There were good days when the city had the Clarion and the Daily news. I am one of those dinosaurs who remember the State Times. At the moment, every print paper in town is headed down the toilet. Didn't they appoint that consultant guy responsibility for the toilets in the city. Maybe they could put him over the print news services, too. Hell, I'd let them make him Governor and Legislature (all of it) also. We could do it if folks would wake up and smell the sewage.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Clarion Ledger & Ms Today reporters/writers matriculated from the same journalism schools!

Anonymous said...

This paper is a joke. I mean the follies. This paper has been trash since Rick Cleveland is gone.

Anonymous said...

Clarion Loser

Steve said...

Print journalism…..yesterdays news, tomorrow.

Duh said...

Where facts don't matter...

Anonymous said...

Hey, back off! The Clarion Ledger is "Your one stop shop for news, weather, and activities in the Jackson Metro area." It says so on the Google search result.

Jack Sunn said...

Back in the day, headlines were an extremely shortened version of the article to let you know the gist of the article before reading it. Nowadays, with the competition for eyeballs, they are far too often misleading clickbait.

Anonymous said...

@4:46 I remember when the State Times opened. I remember the Jackson Daily News was green in color.

Anonymous said...

4:46 to 10:09

Boy , you are really old. Do you remember when they made dirt, bacause I remember that day very well.


Joe Dirt said...

10:53, I’m old enough to remember when trolls were made…

Anonymous said...

I miss Jack Sunn. I'm trying to find someone in Jackson who repairs clocks.

Anonymous said...

"I remember when you used to be able to get a Hershey for a nickel."

Anonymous said...

My Grandfather was a day editor for the Hederman papers, the State Times and started the Neshoba Democrat in Philadelphia. He was firmly anti-KKK. He would be sickened by what the Clarion Ledger has become.

Anonymous said...

Carrion Ledger is needed now to pry open Jackson crime statistics.

Anonymous said...

A newspaper is for placing sexed up articles amongst what makes money, advertisements, and not for informing the reader. The Clarion-Error has been a shitwipe rag for a quarter century or more.

Anonymous said...

Well wouldn’t it be “Scroogey” if Scrooge’s was open on Christmas Day and make their employees work? Because some of you are too lazy to cook something for Christmas why would you want someone to work on Christmas Day and not let them spend it with their families? Am I posing a good question here?

Anonymous said...

Sue the lugenpresse, make Clarion the next Gawker

Anonymous said...

Gannett bought the CL. Their business model was to fire CL's experienced reporters, most of whom specialized in an area of news like certain state agencies. They also had a research dept. that checked for inaccuracies. Many of the best reporters left for larger city papers that were still well run. They hired instead, inexperienced kids right out of journalism school because they didn't have to pay them more than minimum salaries.

A good newspaper would quote a person that spouted a lie but would also point out the inaccuracy. They have editors that fact checked stories before publishing.

Frankly, we've become a country that worships money and equates it with success with no regard for expertise and ethics. We know the cost of everything and value of nothing. We would rather feel "smart" than feel foolish for believing a lie or myth.

There is no such thing as an "alternate" fact if the facts are known. A fact can be verified. "An opinion is like an asshole, everyone has one". Wisdom is knowledge and living a life based on nonsense is dangerous.

Anonymous said...

I'm more surprised at 40 vegetables. That's a lot of cans.

Anonymous said...

The CL was not worth a shit in the old days any more than it is today. It was owned by a wealthy family that printed what they wanted to when they wanted to without regard to "all the facts". Later it was run by a large corp that printed what it wanted to when it wanted to without regard to "all the facts". Journalists been printing what benefits the journalists the most since the beginning of time. Nothing has changed.

Anonymous said...

Please don’t pretend like the media in this nation hasn’t been a propaganda mouthpiece for the evils of our government. Remember that Cronkite reported the Gulf of Tonkin incident as fact. And our government treats whistleblowers similarly to other dictatorships. Julian Assange is fighting for his life because Seth Rich shows what happens. Snowden knew they would kill him too for leaking the details of PRISM.

Anonymous said...

I don't characterize TV "reporters" as journalists, I prefer the term "TV personality."
Perhaps we should call CL contributors "media personalities?"

Any other suggestions?

Anonymous said...

6:57 a.m. - If you're looking for someone to repair cloaks, try Donnie Register at the Flowood Flea Market- he's been doing it for years. He's the coin and silver guy at the flea market - also handles antique furniture and, of course, clocks.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid —

a glass-bottled coke cost 6 cents and a Milky Way cost a nickel;

we dialed 0 for the operator and she recognized our voices;

we got on our bikes early Saturday mornings and were told to be home by dark;

we weren’t afraid, our parents weren’t afraid, and our houses weren’t locked unless we were gone on vacation.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:20 PM - Thanks for the tip. Does he sharpen daggers, too?

Egon Ronay said...

Getting back on topic, one way to help Scrooges overcome the CL’s error is go eat there. The place is like a neighborhood pub and the food is wonderful and very reasonable.

Anonymous said...

8:39: Some people work, even on holidays, because they need the money. It isn't necessarily forced-labor.

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