Half Ass Reporting (ya, I said it)

Come again?

Did the Gainesville Times actually report that the Chairman agreed with Lutz, Gibbs and Bell?  I had to go back and check the tape.  After reviewing the tape, I don’t agree with the quote from the Gainesville Times; “”Even though some of us had challenges with (the transition to Connell), he has done a great job, in my opinion””.

If you notice that the Gainesville Times inserted “(the transition to Connell)” into the quote.  The item came at the 29:07 mark.  The actual quote was “I would like to take a moment to make everybody aware that we changed county administrators in January the 6th.  And so at that time we brought Jock in as the interim. And even though some of us had challenges with it, Jock has done a great job, in my opinion.   However, because of situations with Jock and his family and his drive, and everything, he has declined to submit his name for the permanent job.”

Interestingly enough, even though it was stated in the meeting, the Gainesville Times did not go on to expand as to the reasons why the interim County Administrator declined to put his name into the hat as the full time administrator.  My contacts from south of the border (Gwinnett County), have informed me that Jock lives in Oconee county and is not interested in moving.  They speculate that it may have to do with the loss he would have to take on his house or the fact that his aging father lives in the opposite direction from Hall County.

This is a case of where the Gainesville Times did two things to their readers: 1- they made an out of context insert into a quote, “(the transition to Connell)” and 2- they failed to report the whole story because it would have prevented people from making certain conclusions. By inserting “(the transition to Connell)”, it could imply that there were transitional issues that may have caused Mr. Connell to not want the job or make you think that the commission wasn’t delighted with his work.  By omitting the reason why Mr. Connell declined the job only compounds the point.  I think you can see how the poor report impacted the minions that blog against the commissioners.

The more accurate insert should have been “(the decision to hire)”; then it would have read like this: ““”Even though some of us had challenges with (the decision to hire Connell), he has done a great job, in my opinion.””  However, we know that the Gainesville Times is not in the business of reporting kudos or making pats on the back to the newbies on the commission.  I guess we should just be happy that they spell the names correctly most of the time.

Hugh Hall County Akston


  5 comments for “Half Ass Reporting (ya, I said it)

  1. chunkypeanutbutter
    May 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I agree with the Truth. Proper headline.

  2. George T
    May 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I gave up on the Times awhile ago. They refuse to report news on their favorite children. I wonder if they will run with the FOX report on Magnolia.

  3. Dominique Francon
    May 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

    It is old news that the paper is a joke. We recently lost one reporter due strictly to the biased nature of the Publisher and Editors. We have another out looking for another job for the exact same reason. I by the way am impressed beyond words that these two reporters wants so much to write actual news that they are leaving on priciple. When will everyone figure out what a joke the paper is. I do not care what side of the issue you are on the local paper is horrible.

  4. Razzmataz
    May 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I understand 5 reporters have quit in the last couple of months.

    • Hugh Akston
      May 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      I watched the commission meeting and it looks like they lost another. I know that the last 2 that covered the commission have split. From what I have heard, Melissa left because she was forced to write an article that wasn’t true and Carolyn left because of the DUI mess. I am sure others have had their fill with the management at the Times.

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