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March 04, 2013


The good news is, he just bought my former employer and now owns pretty much every daily along I-40 in N.C. between Hickory and Greensboro. (And if he's smart, he's negotiating with the pissants who own High Point and Durham, too.)

The bad news is, there's a sheriff up in Cherokee County who's breaking the law, denying public-record requests, apparently allowing journalists who make those requests to be threatened with bodily harm and daring anyone to do anything about it. BH Media is the one chain in the state with the resources to go after the guy (McClatchy owns Charlotte and Raleigh, but with its debt, it won't spend the money), but unfortunately, in this case "local" probably means "not Cherokee County," what with Hickory, the closest paper to the Cherokee County seat of Murphy, being close to two hours away.

The difference between Cherokee County and even more urban N.C. counties such as the one in which I live is like the difference between midtown Manhattan and Mogadishu. The editor of the Cherokee Scout is now seeking work. In Las Vegas. I suspect the only reason the publisher's still around is because he has been there a while and has family in town.

If BH really wants to make a bang, it can send a SWAT team of reporters, with armed guards, to Cherokee County and have them start turning over rocks. But we all know that ain't gonna happen.

And the comment thread on this on Romenesko was disgusting. A buncha armchair First Amendment activists ragging on the paper instead of, oh, I don't know, organizing a Don Bolles Patrol.

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