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Baltimore Sun Columnist: Guess I'll stop mailing it in, now!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Flying Headbutt, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    This is the most stunningly unaware column I may have ever read. The columnist admits to recycling old material, if he's putting any effort into things at all. And so while that paper gets worse and worse, this slob has a job? Simply because he's been there forever?

    Some really good stuff happens with that paper. Really good stuff. But there are some major weaknesses there, too. And this guy is clearly one of them. How many reporters were laid off while he scrolled through his archived files?

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    So a couple years ago they thought it would be a good move to ditch a true talent like Rick Maese, but they kept this piece of garbage, probably because they were worried about an age discrimination lawsuit?
  3. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's just me, but I found that whole column hilarious.

    Dude was clearly told to get off his ass and quit recycling old stuff, and he responds with a message to readers that he will no longer be telling the story about how his aunt used to clean her house -- even though he knows the readers LOVED it.

    I suspect he was hoping for a swell of reader support demanding that he keep mailing it in with the grand tales of how his aunt liked to dust. I don't think it's going to happen.
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    How does an editor let this run?
  5. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    I think this was some kind of half-assed apology he was ordered to write to explain why his column was going away. Sad commentary.
  6. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    My reaction to this is somewhere between PCLoadLetter's and Mizzou's and Double Down's.

    It feels somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and although I haven't read his stuff in the past, my guess was that references to Aunt Cora were, perhaps, somewhat akin to T.J. Simers' running references to his Grocery Bagger son-in-law.

    I've no doubt, however, that this column was meant to be the vehicle for explaining Kelly's forthcoming change in assignments. The problem with the column as a whole is that it's not clear how it should be taken. In SJ parlance, is there some blue font needed, or not?

    And, like everyone else, I can't help but be disturbed by the paragraph saying Kelly lifted/repeated whole parts of past work, and I have to question how the guy could know, with authority, that Lexington Market has undergone "more transformations than one can count" if he can't remember the last time he was there.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    OMG . . . he'll actually have to work.

    Poor guy.
  8. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    This isn't an attempt to "work blue," as we might say around here. Trust me. I'm familiar enough with the man's work to feel confident saying that. He doesn't do jokes. He truly is this tone deaf.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Better late than never.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Or "Too late."

    One of the two.
  11. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Even if he was ordered to fess up and write this inane column, it still begs the question: why does he still have a job, if he's admittedly been recycling and plagiarizing himself? How is that not fireable?
  12. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Maybe the worst part is that he admits his practice was against Baltimore Sun policy but it appears nothing was done about it. He just mentions it like it's nothing and moves on.
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