There are times when this job breaks your heart….Posted by Jack Howser on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm.
It was on our website.
We were documenting Norris City Dairy Days 2009 that fall, when we were were really working on the website to show that there are lots of GOOD things in Southern Illinois amidst all the bad and the corruption, and it so happened that we caught a photo of Jessi fast-pitching a softball at one of the many game booths at the fest.
Here’s the pic:
She was with a group of Norris City cheerleaders, to the best of our recollection. It was a miserable day, with a storm moving in and drizzles at times, but everybody was hoping for a good Norris City Dairy Days fest.
We went and pulled the pic so you could see it, because we ran this one so small; this was back before we knew how to run the site well. We still have flubs on here, but we do the best we can. We’re a small operation. We’ve been covering Jessi and Jake’s story from the outset and it’s taken all our resources to do it, including abusing the few minion we have (our stringers, administrative assistant Jade and tech guy Chris). We’ve sat here the past couple of days when we’ve had down time (amounting literally to minutes) and read all the abusive things heaped upon us and our coverage, none of it making any sense. We still can’t get anyone who’s complaining to explain to us what they don’t like. They imply that we’re not telling the facts in the case. We have gotten facts either from every imaginable public official involved, or friends/family of those involved, or neighbors. Period. That’s it. Why would we make something up? HOW could we make something up? This leads us only to believe that there are people out there who are going ahead of us and seeking to undermine what we do by lying about us. And there are plenty out there to do that, as there are plenty of people who, through their own indiscretions, have ended up in our publication. But legally and legitimately. Don’t do the crime if you can’t handle the coverage.
We’re still battling people on Facebook (truth be told, we really don’t like Facebook, but it’s necessary) who can’t differentiate between the news posts and the opinion comments. WE DON’T MAKE THE COMMENTS, FOLKS. We allow people to comment. We throw them off if they get disruptive and we detect it (we’re busy, and sometimes we don’t detect it.) We don’t tolerate anyone attempting to drag us into an argument; but by the same token, we’re not going to let the contention stand, either, so some of those get deleted too.
But we try to keep it open and informative. Because there are plenty of people out there who have too many unanswered questions. They want to know why. And so do we.
So we’re going to spend the next print version production week asking those questions and trying to get the answers. And some of what we come across may upset some people. Some of what we came across yesterday, we know, WILL upset some people. But this stuff all has to be told. We have to be fair, all the way around. It all needs thrown out there, and the readers will get to sort it out. We ask only that you understand: We have a job. Just like you do. This is our job. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking. But it’s always the best there is to bring you; 35,000 clicks yesterday told that tale. We appreciate you being here, through the heartbreak, outrage, and every good moment, too. Stay with us, okay? There are all kinds of informative things yet to come.
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