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questionable editorial decisions

August 14, 2013 - Karin Elton
Once again, an editor has disappointed me with his journalistic instincts. Years ago, during a staff meeting I helpfully informed then editor Dana Yost that the monkey from the Taco John ads was coming to Western Fest in Granite Falls and we should take a photo of the monkey. This monkey — Whiplash the cowboy monkey — used to ride a dog and was a major advertising star. And that’s what Yost didn’t like about the idea. Whiplash was not really news, he said. Hummph.

Now the current editor, Per Peterson, said no to someone (me, perhaps?) taking a photo of three actors — Matt Dallas from “Kyle XY,” Charlie Bewley from “The Twilight Saga” and Steven Grayhm from “White Chicks” — while they are getting their hair cut at City Looks tomorrow. He said our reporter, Steven Browne, will cover the veterans job fair where the actors are doing research for and promoting their upcoming movie, “Thunder Road.” Peterson said that was more newsworthy than cute (my description) guys getting their hair cut.

I beg to differ. I think it would be very important to get a behind-the-scenes look at how actors get presentable before making a public appearance. I wonder if Peterson would still keep his journalistic standards if Eva Longoria or Mila Kunis were getting their hair done.


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