by Sam Hieb
Cone questions the N&R’s news judgment, focusing on today’s front page.
I hate to pile on, but I have similar questions about the front page of the local section, which featured an article on Roy Carroll’s green apartments (hey, it’s his money) along with two photos with headlines and (more or less) extended cutlines. Oh yeah, then there are the sidebars on leaf collection and voter registration.
Note the headline accompanying the “story” on the guy wandering through traffic on U.S. 29 states was “killed.” But read the copy and tell me whether or not it’s clear that he indeed died a violent death:
A man was killed Thursday afternoon while attempting to climb a fence in the median of U.S. 29 near Lee Street
Police Lt. Brian Cheek said a 911 call about 3 p.m. reported an intoxicated man walking in and out of traffic.
When emergency officials arrived at the scene, the 52-year-old man was found on the ground and CPR was administered.
The victim was taken to Moses Cone Hospital and later died, police said.
Police did not say if the man had been struck by a vehicle. The far north lane of the highway near the Lee Street exit was shut down for more than an hour while police investigated. The lane reopened just before 6 p.m.
No other information was available late Thursday night.
Look, I’ve said before I’ve had issues when gathering news. By the same token, I support our local paper of record with my hard-earned money. I’m just saying I didn’t get my money’s worth today.