PD Reporters: Don't Accuse Us of Having Balls

Please don’t think the PD is sprouting balls. Please don’t print stuff like that on your blog. The PD is not growing balls at all. Where was Editor Susan Goldberg after the racist cartoon about Cookie Thomas? Where was Reader Rep Ted “I can spin any BS” Diadiun? Where was Editorial Page Director Brent Larkin? Apparently they were all running for cover. Goldberg didn’t bother to return calls to television reporters, according to aired reports. Isn’t it funny we work in a business where we want people to call us back? Maybe the TV folks should have masqueraded as print reporters and snuck into the fishbowl (the large windowed conference room). That’s the only place we see Goldberg after she dashes from her office to the fishbowl. Shit, she has worn a path between her office and the room. Other than that path, there is not much interaction with reporters. As for Teddy, why didn’t he defend the comic or explain the situation in his Sunday column? Maybe he was too busy doing nothing or kissing Susie’s ass to keep his job. No, instead he writes about the Johanna Orozco series. Ol’ Ted didn’t have the nuts to take on a real issue. What does Larkin write about after meeting with Cookie’s family? Nothing that defends Cartoonist Jeff Darcy or the statement he made to the newsroom via e-mail. Brent decided to write about the Akron mayor’s race. Wow, Brent, that was great leadership. Where did the Brent of yesteryear go? Maybe it’s time for Brent to pass the baton and promote Kevin O’Brien, who at least doesn’t shy away from thorny issues. Management must have been afraid of Art McKoy, his cronies and the measly amount of picketers who protested at 1801 Superior. I never knew Black on Black had so much power. Power to the people, Art!

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