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Journalism is the new baseball

June 9, 2008

Two weeks ago, the law firm where I am working this summer took us to Palo Alto Bowl. Shamefully, I rolled an 85 and a 90. My team averaged 107, which, while far better than my own scores, should not have been good enough for us to finish third among the 10 teams that were there.

The Palo Alto Daily News — which is not actually located in Palo Alto, contains a regular feature dedicated to unsourced rumors, and has gotten so bad even by its own standards that its founders have started a competing paper — pulled off a similar feat last week, winning 17 awards from the Peninsula Press Club, including one for general excellence. (I know what you’re thinking, but there was not a category for Falsest Story.)

This may actually be even less impressive than our bowling prize, as more than 43 percent of entries in this contest win an award. (I have not found out how many the Daily submitted). As Michael Lewis once said about major league baseball front offices, “there really is no level of incompetence that won’t be tolerated.”

UPDATE, 6/16: I forgot to mention the paper’s history of plagiarism.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 15, 2008 8:59 am

    I suppose I should be shocked that you’d trot that one out again for some additional hits for this thing you call a blog.

    Too bad you’re too busy choking on your own failed journalistic aspirations to give credit where it’s due, Beef Frank.

    Here’s a fact. You’re an asshole.

  2. Kathy Schrenk permalink
    June 16, 2008 2:54 pm

    Don’t you just love anonymous posters?

  3. Anonymous permalink
    June 16, 2008 8:13 pm

    It’s easy, eh? To sit back and act smugly superior, Beef Frank?

    I sincerely hope it catches up with you one day.

    Thanks for the update. You’re so utterly clueless, though. While you’re so eager to point out others’ shortcomings, you haven’t even bothered to make a real effort at sussing out the facts. Instead, you show your true colors as a hypocritical jackass. It’s a good thing you’re not a practicing member of professional journalism because you wouldn’t know an ethic if it bit you on the ass. I hope the same holds true for whatever legal aspirations you have because people like you scare the hell out of me.

    Schrenk, shut the hell up already. It wouldn’t make a difference either way, so drop the redirect tactic. Try focusing on the issues here.

  4. Kathy Schrenk permalink
    June 17, 2008 7:12 am

    Sounds like someone is jealous that someone else is no longer toiling in the story mines for poverty wages.

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