Tabloid Journalism Should Be Beneath the Courier-Journal (10/27/09)
The Courier-Journal has decided they want to use all that ink they buy to push Jim King out of the Mayoral race. But their tactics smack of tabloid journalism.
The paper has gone too far by pulling up almost 30 year-old divorce records from the court archives and trying to smear Mr. King with innuendo, half truths, and downright misleading journalism. And when he, and more importantly his ex-wife, ask the courts to seal the records, I think that should be respected.
Since the Courier acknowledges that they "found no evidence that criminal charges were ever filed against Jim King" in the divorce case, why even mention it? The public has no need to know anything about someone's divorce unless something criminal occurred. And clearly it didn't.
By all accounts, Jim King is not only an involved family man, but he's also managed to stay on good terms with his ex-wife. Even she calls him "a good man and a wonderful father," and asks that his political opponents leave her and her family alone and respect their privacy. So where's the story here?
Jim King's voting record and track record as a businessman are fair game in considering what kind of Mayor he might be. But the Courier should stay away from tabloid journalism, even if their agenda is to back someone else.
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I'm Bill Lamb...and that's my Point of View.