Jim from Fla said on May 22, 2006 at 7:13 pm
nancy said on May 22, 2006 at 8:14 pm
I’m open to the possibility it’s a joke — never trust anything you get over the internet — but if so, it’s a pretty deft one.
Jeff said on May 22, 2006 at 8:21 pm
Actually, copy editors are getting young enough that i wonder if you could have someone who has no idea that this term is like “Jap” or “Kike.” I heard that often on the elementary playground, but can’t recall hearing it for 30 years even in locker rooms . . .
mary said on May 22, 2006 at 9:18 pm
From what I can read of the copy, it doesn’t look like a joke.
brian stouder said on May 22, 2006 at 9:41 pm
Well, I googled and came up with
But the GA4 site raised my eyebrows, especially when I couldn’t find any statement, report, or news releases on the UCP site, so it was off to smoking gun and snopes – which was worth a chuckle or two –
but then I gave up. If this is real – certainly it is a case where someone shoulda’ yelled “STOP THE PRESSES!!” (and then burned the ones that had been printed!)
brian stouder said on May 22, 2006 at 9:48 pm
Well, that small town newspaper site has an archive, but it only goes up to March so far……
ellen t said on May 22, 2006 at 9:52 pm
Maybe the new owner could do some diversity training (and get some computers w/spellcheck):
Owner/Publisher – Opportunities for young reporters, photographers, editors, managers interested in ownership. Small town weekly with highest per capita circulation in the South. Owner-pulisher seeks individual to phase into newspaper’s system with intentions to own in future. Mid-level veterans with experience especially invited to submit resumes and job references. Newspaper is complete with press, excellent stsaff, and fine folks in Marengo County, Alabama. Indiviuals must be responsive to readers and able to cover events from turkey calling contests to bass tournaments to high school football to crawfish festival. Two centuries of vital Alabama history presents almost unlimited opportunities for apsiring writers. Environment is filled with health and dental, custom benefit packages, and salaries above the dailies in Alabama for new hires. Mail (no e-mail or fax) resume, references, and income requirements and goals to: Goodloe Sutton, The Democrat-Reporter, Box 480040, Linden, Alabama 36748. (3/10/06)
nancy said on May 22, 2006 at 10:01 pm
I always wanted to work for a man named “Goodloe.”
alex said on May 22, 2006 at 10:29 pm
Bad copy editing indeed. The correct way to do it to maximize space is ‘tard.
joodyb said on May 22, 2006 at 11:47 pm
HA! That’s a good one, Alex.
I think the key phrase is here: “Indiviuals must be responsive to readers and able to cover events from turkey calling contests to bass tournaments to high school football to crawfish festival.”
I guess we should be glad they even want to keep the newspaper.
Dorothy said on May 23, 2006 at 8:32 am
Who knew that the journalism stratosphere lands you in Clanton, Alabama?
Jim said on May 23, 2006 at 8:39 am
Wow. When I first started at The Evening Star in Auburn, one of my first assignments was to cover the controversy over a proposed group home in Garrett. That was 1987. If I could dig up the stories I wrote, I think I would find the exact same concerns expressed. Sigh.
Michael G said on May 23, 2006 at 9:03 am
I kinda liked the part about “provides residential services for developmental and disabled people”.
Andrea said on May 23, 2006 at 9:27 am
Maybe they don’t even use computers, let alone SpellCheck, since resumes are only accepted by mail, “no e-mail or fax.”
Danny said on May 23, 2006 at 9:39 am
I wholeheartedly disagree, Alex. It was obviously quite necessary to keep the ‘re’ and to not shorten to ‘tard so as to have that wonderful alliteration of “Residents reject retard.” I mean, that is style, brother. Rolls right off the tongue!
Robert Frost and Ezra Pound, move over!
Kevin Knuth said on May 23, 2006 at 5:59 pm
I know I should not laugh….but Alex’s remark about “tards” has me chuckling out loud.
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