My boss got this phone message today from an anonymous caller who called The Herald “racist” and “backwoods” for our Obama coverage on Nov. 5 … and he was kind enough to share it with me.http://media.podhoster.com/therant/racistcall.mp3″
Now look … we get a handful of mean calls and e-mails a week, and never have they bothered me (much) because it pretty much comes with the territory. And this call doesn’t “bother” me so much either, because the caller is obviously mean-spirited and, well, let’s be honest … delusional.
I’m sorry. She is.
Her complaint is that our Obama article on Nov. 5 was “small.” Well, lady … the article was “small” because our deadline was 10:30. He won the election at 11. Therefore, we didn’t have a big story to go with from the AP wire. We made a pretty good educated guess that he was the winner and went with a big photo and headline … paying homage to the history that was made.
She also was upset because of McCain’s photo in the article, and upon a second listen, I think she believes the story around McCain was about McCain (it was not).
Below is our centerpiece from Nov. 5 (the story was cut off in the image, but you can see the whole page if you scroll down further). And just for good measure, I added today’s centerpiece … a story we planned and wrote well before I ever heard this message.
So, anonymous mean woman … get the facts straight before you make such a bold allegation. You have no basis to accuse us of something that has absolutely no truth to it. Therefore, I’m playing your message for the community to hear.
I’m hoping for an apology. I doubt we will get it.
And if anybody thinks I’m wrong to post her message (her opinion), please let me know.