Choose Your News
Doc, I have read the various Blog accounts of the Council meeting and in each it seems clear that we face dire problems. It also seems clear from all of the Blogs that the current Administration seems unqualified to handle the current situation. This said I was surprised to read an account of the meeting in todays Star Ledger that in no way painted a similar picture. This article talked of the layoff problems but painted a picture of a Council and Administration working together in a matter of fact way to resolve the issues. With do respect to the bloggers, many more people are going to form their opinion from this newspaper article than from your postings. The Star Ledger and the bloggers can not both be right. Perhaps the bloggers and the reporter from the Star Ledger should sit down and compare notes. Is this a case where the Star Ledger simply does not care to do any type of in depth reporting on Plainfield or a case of the bloggers not being fair to the Administration?
Having been a reporter for 16 years myself, I had an inkling that the S-L article was a phoner, meaning the news desk probably had the reporter follow up by phone on a story. Sure enough, I inquired and received an e-mail confirmation that the reporter in question was not present at the meeting, as the four bloggers were. The S-L story was based on a phone interview with City Administrator Marc Dashield. Perhaps this led to the contrast to which the commenter alludes.
If a reader wants to believe any one source over another, that is the reader's prerogative. There are many styles of newsgathering and reporting, including both live coverage and phone interviews. In this case, according to the commenter, four bloggers who attended the meeting came up with similar findings.
BTW, hell will freeze before any editor would let a reporter "sit down and compare notes" with bloggers, although some dailies routinely use blogs for news tips.
So believe what you will, but better yet, come out and see your administration and governing body interacting at City Council meetings. The next one is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cook School.