Good reporting/social media

Dateline: Wed 14 Nov 2012

The Indianapolis Star has shown real chops in reporting on the Richmond Hill subdivsion explosion, fires and tragic deaths of a young married couple. The interview today (last night on digital) with Monseratte Shirley, not exclusive to the Star, is nonetheless the meat of newspapers/print -- more depth, more space.

The Star should and no doubt will continue with agressive follow-up. The best lead right now seems to be Snowball, the boarded cat....

Speaking of that elusive and safe cat, it's only fair to say that three stories in the last week or so have broken for me on Facebook.

The Star could not tell me even two days after the election who won the District 30 Indiana Senate race -- Tim DeLaney, the D, or Scott Schneider, R. Finally a young mom at St. Thomas Aquinas school had the answer -- Scott triumphed. "How did you find out?" I asked, since I'd checked election results in 3 counties the day after. "Facebook."

Ditto, the explosion story has produced both cukoo and interesting and perhaps valid theories in Facebook commentary.  Once we got beyond the drone missile and meth lab theories, putting those to rest, people are all over that cat.

Finally, the boiled rabbit story: thanks to friend Erin Rosenberg who on FB nailed the developing Pentagon scandal/love affair hoo-ha by saying it's boiled rabbit time. This was two days ago, when stories of the third player/jealous woman were emerging. She cut to the chase with the "Fatal Attraction" reference.

And they wonder why newspapers are dying....

 

Comments

hendy [Member] said:

Even today, the Herald Times (Bloomington) newspapers doesn't have the full county elections. They didn't even print the full ones when they had them.

But wait-- they're a monopoly! They can do anything they want with impunity!

Sound familiar?

2012-11-14 15:12:41

hendy [Member] said:

Even today, the Herald Times (Bloomington) newspapers doesn't have the full county elections. They didn't even print the full ones when they had them.

But wait-- they're a monopoly! They can do anything they want with impunity!

Sound familiar?

2012-11-14 15:12:45

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

Ruth. Bless your heart. I love your blog. But I didn't understand much of anything that you wrote on this one. Maybe I am getting Alzheimers.

2012-11-14 17:38:32

Gary Welsh [unverified] said:

It's funny that we just completed an election where the Democrats complained about the so-called war on women the Republicans were raging, but the Democrats are the first to suggest that Broadwell had a fatal attraction towards Petraeus in an effort to discredit her because of the damning disclosures she was making about the Obama administration's lies on the Benghazi terrorist attack. Democrats are always the first to reach for the nuts and sluts defense whenever a sex scandal embroils their own. The real story here is the role Jill Kelley has played in this developing scandal. A hard-charging investigative reporter should be searching deep and far to learn how this immigrant from Lebanon managed to become so close to our nation's top military brass as a housewife of Tampa living the life of a Kim Kardashian wannabe. It now turns out she's been friends with the FBI agent who foiled the millennium terrorist plot against LAX international airport in 1999 and shared shirtless photos of him he had sent years earlier in an effort to discredit him in the current controversy. With friends like Kelley, who needs enemies?

2012-11-15 08:47:58

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Gary: Broadwell was the mole leaking Benghazi information? What's your source for that?

2012-11-15 10:29:04

hendy [Member] said:

If you think in the non-partisan, it's awful from any direction. It's disgraceful, and unbecoming an officer. I wish people would stop trying to label various actions as patently Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or Green or whatever. Can't we just be people instead of factions? Do we have to drink the latest Koolaid?

2012-11-15 14:06:52

Gary Welsh [unverified] said:

Broadwell didn't act as a mole. She publicly stated in October that the reason for the attack on the Benghazi consulate was retaliation for the detention of Libyan militia members at the CIA annex. The CIA has subsequently denied her claim, not surprisingly, since the official position of the administration is that it no longer detains enemy combatants on foreign soil as it had done for a number of years after launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fox News has independently confirmed Broadwell's claim.

2012-11-15 18:43:05

whosear [Member] said:

Everyone talks...everyone. Gary, thanks, I didn't understand the context of her comment.

I haven't been able to keep up on the Richmond Hills disaster since staying up past my bedtime Saturday. I was a helper for 3 years (part time) for the best gas guy in Indiana, so I have a couple of hypotheses...will post if I can get more info.

2012-11-16 00:58:32

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