What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Send your sympathy cards....

Poor old Mac McLean was "bumped" by an Alderman. His boss, Todd Foster retaliated - and THREATENED said Alderman!

Jeff Foxworthy where are you when we really need you?

Foster, the editor of The Bristol Herald where Mac now works, has gone to the pages of the newspaper to defend Poor, helpless MAC MCLEAN. You'll recall dear readers that Mac is the reporter who video taped women's breasts without their knowledge or consent and flashed them around the newsroom and yelled "You can see their nipples!" ...much with the excitement a 12-year-old boy would have upon seeing his first women's underwear ad I assume... He can abuse women, but not stand up to an angry man. Yep...that's about right...

Now poor Mac has been "bumped" by a politician!!! Horrors!! Poor boy. His editor has taken up the sword (pen) and attacked back!!! Todd Foster is defending poor Mac...albeit in an editorial. Poor, poor helpless Mac. It's okay for HIM to attack women...but not to be bumped by a man who then called him a "dumbass"...according to Todd. Geesh....no matter where he goes....Read the whole editorial here.

Don't you just LOVE RED-NECK Media General? These are the folks reporting your news boys and girls....They defend the men, but abuse, humiliate and ignore the women. Too bad Steven Kaylor didn't have the "spine" to stand up for Mac's victim...but then...what do you expect....it's Media General's good-ole-boy-ism hard at work.

From Todd Foster's editorial:

McLEAN REPORTED the incident to me, and I fired off a letter to Carrier on May 21.
“Dear Alderman Carrier,” I wrote. “Reporter Mac McLean today informed me of an incident with you yesterday in which you warned him never to publish your name again and then bumped him. You lost any claim to privacy when you won public office. Furthermore, public disputes don’t even shield private citizens from publication. Should another incident of this sort happen again, I can assure you your name will be all over the Opinion page of this newspaper, and a possible call made to local law enforcement.”

I never heard back from Carrier. But McLean did. On June 3 at another meeting of the Bluff City Board of Aldermen, Carrier spotted the reporter and publicly declared “there’s that dumb ass right now.” He walked by McLean, and within earshot of other city officials, vowed to the reporter that he would “piss in your gut.”
I have no idea what Carrier meant by that threat to the reporter; it’s no Southern colloquialism I’ve ever heard of, but it’s safe to say it’s unbecoming of an alderman.

SO, AS promised, Carrier gets his name in this column – 14 times, by my count.
As a journalist, I hope Damascus, St. Paul and Bluff City remain the gifts that keep on giving. If I were a citizen, though, I’d be thankful they’re not in the same geographic room at the same time.
Insufferable can easily become combustible.

J. Todd Foster is managing editor of the Bristol Herald Courier. He may be reached at jfoster@bristolnews.com or (276) 645-2513.

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