Junk - Not Journalism (5/19/09)
If you or I took all the advertising inserts from the Courier-Journal every Sunday and dropped them in our neighbor's driveway, we'd be guilty of littering.
But according to the Courier-Journal, whenever they do the same thing, their actions are protected under the concept of Freedom of the Press.
And that's hogwash.
Lately, the Courier has been trying to woo advertisers by distributing their ads in packets delivered separately to homes that DON'T take the newspaper.
The problem is, those packets are supposed to be placed on porches, affixed to doorknobs, or placed in the newspaper box. But more often than not, they're just being quickly dumped in the front yard or the driveway.
Now, the Metro Council is considering a law that would define what the C-J's been doing as illegal littering. But instead of promising to clean up their act, the Courier is planning on suing the city to block any such legislation on the grounds that it would violate the First Amendment.
That's outrageous. This isn't journalism that's under attack. It's litter. If the C-J wants to distribute it, they should have to follow the same rules as everyone else instead of hiding behind a bogus constitutional argument.
Any responsible media company wants to be considered a good neighbor in its community. But obnoxious behavior like this paints the Courier-Journal as anything but.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.