Sometimes Silence Is a Virtue for Journalists
Yesterday, in lieu of Donovan Graham’s sometimes engaging prose, I used this space to explain my decision to temporarily suspend Mr. Graham from his blogging position at the Eastport Sun.
This action was taken in response to the immaturity that he displayed in a previous blog entry, immaturity that I hoped was on the wane.
However, in the “Comments” section of yesterday’s blog, after my explanation of the situation, Mr. Graham chose to respond with, and I quote, “Gimmeafreakinbreak.” As a result, I have decided to suspend him from his blogging duties for another day.
Perhaps — just perhaps — he will develop enough professionalism between now and tomorrow to come to grips with the hurt his earlier post caused to the people of Grand Seal Island. If he does so, and he convinces me of his sincerity, then his blog will return tomorrow. If not, he will learn the lesson that all cub reporters must learn: The editor is the gateway to the publication.
Mr. Graham? Do you have anything to say?
—Kate Fisher, editor
Comment — PeaceNick: This is getting boooringg!
Comment — Leonardo: This is just another example of the capitalistic bourgeois Man keeping the vocal masses down through intimidation. Hang tough, Van! Power to the People!
Comment — Gemstone: I do hope that Van understands the harm he caused by his attempt to vent his frustration in print. The press is a powerful tool, and he used it badly. Still, I suspect he’s figured that out by now, and I hope that his blog will be allowed to return soon.
Comment — Donovan Graham: I hereby claim my Fifth Amendment rights. To avoid incriminating myself, I choose to keep quiet. Starting now.
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