|Published: 8:51 AM, 07/16/2012
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
In the most recent meeting of the
Monroe County Board of Education, Board member, Danny Isbill, read a
two-page statement in which he accused the media of only reporting
the negative as it relates to the county school system and the board.
When one considers The Advocate & Democrat to be the largest and
oldest media outlet in the county, we conclude Isbill was pointing
his finger at us.
In his comments Isbill stated, "It
seems that the only items that winds up being reported are those
things that might bring a negative outlook to what we do or have
done. There is hardly anything mentioned about the good."
With that assumption, we also have to
conclude Mr. Isbill does not read the newspaper very well or that he
only looks for the negative. The positive is actually what we look
for most of the time, and, in fact, what we report, more often than
not. The negative usually falls in our laps.
In the last few months we have done
stories about the excellent graduation rates, the improvements at
Sweetwater High, the in-school bank planning at Sequoyah, Awards
days, nine Gold and Silver Awards, the Healthier U.S. School
Challenge, the Tiger Games, a competition that squares off all three
groups of local high school seniors against each other, Tellico
Junior High students dedicating solar panels, the English as a second
language program and the list goes on and on.
If the Board has a suit filed against
them, we do a story about that too, but for the most part the
positive stories far outweigh any negative. If Mr. Isbill has a
problem with that math, we suggest he go back to class or, simply,
carefully read the Advocate & Democrat.
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