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, September 29, 2008

Misleading headlines? Yes. It sells papers.

A reader asked me today why the Register & Bee would print a headline like, "Danville shooting victim was key witness in murder trial" when the trial was over a year ago and more likely than not had nothing to do with his shooting.

Why would they do that? Because such a headline sells newspapers my dear. The Register & Bee is ALL about selling newspapers. The reporters don't write the headlines by the way, the copy editor or layout person does. Usually the person who lays the paper out doesn't read the whole story, may not understand the whole story and skims the story for words they can use to grab a reader's attention and compel them to buy the paper. Forget accuracy or ethics. As we all know the paper is short on both of those qualities. Plain and simple - they're trying to boost sales.

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