Baseball. Nuff said.
Fred - I appreciate that. Creative Loafing is a Tampa-based publication, making Big Cat Rescue the perfect way to introduce this national issue to our readership. If you'll notice, Baskin is not quoted ANYWHERE in the article. She's merely talked about (and not kindly, when it comes to Lynn Culver's quote). I know this is a big issue to a ton of folks, I just didn't expect attacks for writing a balanced story. Call me naive, I guess.
Linda - don't post a bunch of "evidence" from REXANO and try to disparage my work for lack of facts. That's hilarious. My story has plenty of facts and is based in fact. It's called attribution. It simply doesn't have the selective dirt you wanted in it. Again, if you want to see that in a story, I suggest writing it. Just make sure you include everything that goes on at facilities on the other side of the issue. Once again, I apologize that this story was not agenda-driven to your liking.
Post-scriptum: I think you should give consumers more credit; they're not nearly as stupid as you seem to think.
Dear certain readers,
I apologize that my story was not as one-sided as that to which you are accustomed. The reason this does not read as an exposé is because it was not written as one. The approach was quite simple and can be broken down into three acts:
1) Here's this legislation, proposed to do such.
2) Here's what one side said; this is what the other side said.
3) Educate yourself and make up your own mind.
The word count on this story is half of what I originally wrote and 10 percent of what I'd need to tell the whole story, with all black eyes for BOTH sides.
If you want to see a story with all those things you've mentioned, I suggest writing it. But don't impugn my professionalism for writing an even-keeled, down-the-middle story that illustrates what stakeholders on both sides of this issue want. This story has been praised by Carole Baskin and Lynn Culver for showing BOTH sides of the issue.
I am not an activist, I am a journalist. It is my job to report what I find and am told. It is your job to sway people's opinions. I did my job. Do yours.
This certainly didn't take long to heat up!
CL does not edit or delete comments.
As the writer, I'd ask only that we keep comments within the confines of good taste and focused on the issue instead of resorting to the same, old personal attacks that are already all over the rest of the Web. You stakeholders have your ideas and mindsets? Great! Share them instead of libeling each other. Let's play nice, kids.
Fuck me. I just watched the trailer linked in my review. It's actually compelling and full of intrigue. Maybe they should have just run the trailer on end for two plus hours...
I had cachaca a few years ago. I remember the distinct flavor of gasoline. Maybe I had a cheap bottle.
I'm all for a difference of opinion; I want to know what people think, so tell your friends.
The RBI argument doesn't fly with me because it has everything to do with people hitting in front of you, just like runs has to do with people hitting behind you. With the anemic lineup we had in 2011, Kotchman was like Old Faithful. He got stranded a lot too.
Pena's not a bad player, he's quite good in fact. My problem is I don't think he's worth this amount. We could have gotten a comparable player in Kotchman for less money.
When Player 1 has 161 Ks and Player 2 has 66, it gets a bit less clear.
The strength behind the Rays' 3 playoff runs was timely hitting. Maybe you don't remember 2010, but Pena was all about ill-timed strikeouts. Not all 158 of them, but plenty in clutch situations.
Add to the fact we're dealing with the Rays' payroll.
What an easy choice, right?
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