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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


 Does the Watertown Daily Times overstep the bounds of good journalism with some of its headlines ?

This morning there was a letter to the editor in the Watertown Daily Times from Town of Cape Vincent Supervisor Urban Hirschey, titled: Headline, article gave incorrect perceptions.
Among other things Hirschey expressed in his letter was a concern that the choice of headline for a particular news story gave the reader the wrong perception.
The title of the story he was referring to has since been changed . Originally it read  Cape Vincent Zoning Board changes interpretation of solar panel rules to OK supervisor’s project [2/4/14].
Now the headline reads: Cape Vincent planners OK supervisor’s solar project despite ‘flaws’ in zoning law.
It isn't only the headline choices for some of the Watertown Daily Times news stories that I find troublesome, what concerns me are the headlines they write for opinion letters from the people. 
This past election season the Watertown Daily Times used an approach that resulted in re-stating and highlighting opinion, which in the case of letters pointed at Cape Vincent officials, were false and misleading.
Below are several examples of headlines used by the Watertown Daily Times.
The Watertown Times did publish an Editors note concerning the 9/9/14 opinion letter
Recognizing that the headline represented "a position of certainty in an ambiguous situation that needs clarification".
However,following this clarification by the Times they continued to add headlines to opinion pieces that seemingly support the opinions taken by the writers.
The better approach handling headlines for opinion letters would be that used by the New York Times, where it introduces a topic and does not promote or restate an opinion.
For example on Sunday November 3 the New York Times used the following titles to introduce letters to the editor: 



36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Desperate newspapers do desperate things.

Anonymous said...

Good point. A newspaper should not highlight readers' opinions, particularly if they are controversial, accusatory or unsubstantiated with fact. The headline should hint at the topic, nothing else. But, hey, this is how a paper "manages" opinion, events and people. It is also how a paper can juice-up readership and revenue. Collectively, it is in the best interest of the Watertown Daily Times to make a big splash, like CAPE SUPERVISOR A CROOK, SOME SAY!!!!

Anonymous said...

DESPERATE BLOGS DO DESPERATE THINGS TOO!!!

Anonymous said...

7:03

The Blogs are not desperate. It's the selfish Pro Wind people that don't give a damn about their neighbors or the community that are desperate

Anonymous said...

This is all reminiscent of Richard Nixon defiantly protesting what he called unfair media exposure. His now famous assertion- "I AM NOT A CROOK " only confirmed the suspicions of the public,and the media.

Cape Vincent officials are in the limelight because of the controvesial issue of wind development. We needed media coverage to expose the workings of corrupt officials and corporate shenanigans.

We can't suddenly ask the media to turn a blind eye to what they consider newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

7:46…

Not even close.

Nixon was a crook. Hirschey is not a crook. But, yes, he did change the government. And he has enemies because wind has yet to wind.
Two of his enemies told him and others years ago at WEPG that he was wasting his time fighting wind by running for office. They were way wrong. Like the corrupt wind officials they did not take defeat easily.
They would have been wrong on a wind ban as well.
Now they blabber and attack hoping the town will fail on the a-10 efforts so they can sit on their asses and say, see I told you so. That is what the anti Hirschey kooks are all about. Looks more like insanity and paranoia instead of good sense as the kooks strike out at everyone much to the amusement of the pro-wind who don't really trust them either but will use their political insanity to their advantage. The winners will live on. The losers will be carried away in white jackets tied in the back.

Anonymous said...

8:25 that's some script. You should write fantasy novels.

Anonymous said...

These blogs have gotten weird

Stay Focused said...

In the years leading up to World War I, France, Germany, Britain and Russia were all hankering for a fight.

And the press in those countries were happy to fan the flames of war. (Though they surely failed to comprehend how costly that war would be.)

The editor of the London Daily Mail was asked at the time, "What sells newspapers?" His answer: "War."

The editors of the Watertown Daily Times also know that a good conflict is good for a newspaper.

They don't want a violent war, of course, but they do like a non-violent but very real war among their readers.

Don't kid yourself. The WDT loves the conflict in Cape Vincent. And if they can fan the flames of it with a provocative headline or a less than fully accurate story, they will.

The Daily Mail editor was right when he said a hundred years ago that war sells newspapers.

The WDT publisher and editors know that too. The wording of their headlines prove that they know that.

Anonymous said...

The comment discussion maybe….but the posts in regards to the local and national wind situation are excellent and have driven the issue as well as the industrial wind politics of the region. From my standpoint and others I talk with in the county this is the place (and PBOR) to go to get the facts that the wind industry will not be honest about.

Spot on !

Anonymous said...

The Pro Wind crowd have gotten more weird in their desperation to enrich themselves at the expense of the community. I hope the Goat people, the owners of the local food mart,the owners of the Fix It business and other Pro Wind businesses that rely on seasonal support don't go off the deep end when they realize they will not be getting their usual amount of business this summer

Anonymous said...

Hmm 6:53. Sounds like Mr. Fixit will have to apply some of his 'fixit' savvy to his own business.

Anonymous said...

The owners of the local food mart should not be labeled as "Pro Wind".

Anonymous said...

When I go into a business I want to feel comfortable and accepted. I will not go into a business when I see a man who signed a court document objecting to my absentee vote and others' right to vote. What the three dens did is bad for CV business, but that was their choice. It is Dennis's choice. Dennis has made his anti-seasonal bed….taking business away from others by selling food and drink at a neighboring farmer's market is not the way to heal a community.

Anonymous said...

This blog probably gets more readers than the Times. The Times is nothing more than a newsletter now and absurdly over priced. They have eliminated most of their competition which has enabled a long and constant slide into mediocrity. So, as time goes on, there will be no WDT, thank God.

Anonymous said...

They are anti seasonal, though because they endorsed Aubertine with a lawn sign….

Anonymous said...

11:03

I (and many others) will not patronize any business that endorsed and continues to support people that tried to take my right to vote away. I am a Veteran and was willing to give up my life to protect the freedoms that this country was founded upon. Anybody that tries to take away my right to vote in the place of my choosing is in for a major fight.

Anonymous said...

When P. Aubertine, D. Pearson and A. Wood apologize for the accusations made against us absentee voters my family, visitors and other friends will once again support the businesses and organizations. Until then my tax and water bill be all we have to give…..We have had enough….

Anonymous said...

12:45
Well said!
All of us full time tax paying seasonal residents have had enough of the intimidation, bullying, and narrow mindedness that the CFG and their pro-wind supporters have demonstrated.

Anonymous said...

5:51 and friends, it is understandable to take positions on an issue, that is your right. but to boycott local businesses,such as the grocery store for political vengeance is insanity. This will only result in a further deterioration in the economy of our small community. Please rethink your position and consider the results of your actions. There are other , more effective ways to take action, such as registering to vote, and encouraging others, of like mind to, as well.

Anonymous said...

6:56

Noble plea…but Aubertine, Wood and Pearson and the Cape Democrats should have considered the consequences of their deplorable "political vengeance" when they promoted the war on the taxpaying seasonal voters just so they could get their wind.
And when shooting off their mouths around the community.

Anonymous said...

9:31 One popular saying by many of the pro-wind zealots in Cape vincent was that the Cape is dead anyway, so why not have wind turbines.

boycotting local businesses will only result in this theory being correct. Your indignation is justified, but your solution is misguided. Thriving local business is a sure way to neutralize the claim by pro-wind.

Anonymous said...

Don't tell me my solution is misquided. Did they attempt to take your vote away. Did they attempt to embarrass you and send a letter to your assessor to try to scare your and make trouble for you. Did they put a sign in front of your Church aiming to intimidate you? Did they they to make double for your chance of getting water service. Me and my friends have been treated badly in a bar because the tender is pro wind and did not like us. They should have tired harder and not supported that kind of bull with Peason Wood and Aubertines.

Anonymous said...

6:56 and 9:31 make very good points

It is not my intention to boycott all businesses in the Cape this season. I have supported almost all of the Cape business and many of the community events over the last 20 years and will continue to do so with one exception:
My family and most of my friends WILL NOT support the CFG and pro wind people that tried to take my right to vote away, or any of the local businesses that supported them. Its one thing to take sides on an issue, but its a completely different thing to knowingly and intentionally trying to take legitimate rights away from someone that you disagree with.

Anonymous said...

"Sow not your seed in anger, nor in hatred, nor in fear, for ye who sow in anger shall for certain reap in tears". The Pro wind farmers and CFG business supporters should have known better but they have sown their seed and will reap their just rewards.

Anonymous said...

To see who the anti-seasonal voter people are go to the Cape Vincent Democratic Facebook Page. Then add the names of the eight people who tried to shut up the bloggers and John Does in the SLAPP action

Anonymous said...

7:20 There's really nothing to be gained by us comparing who has been impacted to a greater degree by the pro-wind movement.Suffice it to say many of us who call Cape Vincent home, have had our lives changed to a degree.

My point is that destroying local businesses because of political vengeance is destructive to the good of the community.

Anonymous said...

Which Aubertine, Pearson and Wood and those before them should have considered before they started their war on the seasonal voters. Remember, that the pro wind started the boycotts first…Had enough yet?

Anonymous said...

My father used to say if somebody treats you well - treat them better, but if somebody treats you badly - treat them worse. Aubertine, Pearson, and Wood and all their business supporters will find out what that means this season.

Anonymous said...

8:04

Each of those men you mention signed a court document that accused me of fraud with the intention of taking my vote away and intimidating me too.
The have has two thirds citizens who are part time but pay full time taxes…

EACH OF THOSE MEN ARE INVOLVED IN BUSINESSES WHICH DEPEND ON SEASONAL TRADE AND THEY CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

Anonymous said...

Cape Citizens…..Please understand that ONLY the librarian displayed an anti seasonal "Had enough, yet" red sign. The other staff, volunteer help and the library board have nothing to do with her movement opposing the seasonal vote and the town government that DID SUPPORT THE LIBRARY WITH MONEY AND EFFORT. Don't punish the library because of her support with the red sign of the CFG and Democrats anti seasonal movement.

Anonymous said...

If I were a squirrel and the Cape librarian held out a peanut for me on a cold February morning, I'd use the opportunity to sink my big incisors into her finger until she screamed, "Had enough, yet!" Then she'd know what it was like to bite the hand that feeds her. Shame on her for taking $5,000 from the town board and then allowing that sign to adorn her nest for all to see.

Anonymous said...

7:42

Not to mention the support she gets from them in other ways with fundraising events.

Anonymous said...

The dishonesty of the Arizona blogger has been exposed. Thank you Pandora (and JLL) for staying on track and continuing to stay directed on the Cape Vincent wind issue. The pro wind are trying to demean your efforts and that of the town officials in protecting our community. Claiming to be the ultimate anti wind while at the same time throwing all those working hard to protect us under the bus is the ultimate of dishonesty.

Anonymous said...

7:42

One would think that the librarian would be smart enough to figure out that those signs were a clear message of incitement and hatred toward a targeted group of people. They use the term drive by voter. There is still a red sign of hate out near the Aubertine compound. What do they hope to gain and what did she hope to gain?

Anonymous said...

8:29

Beware of the faux anti wind. They are trying to take you all down.