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My folks how one simple disclosure changes the context. In today’s 24×7 365 news cycle the beast must constantly be fed and sometimes junk food is served. To me the question wasn’t that the content was junk no sir. The question is who is being paid to distribute it? Jackson Jambalaya was and I am fine with that because of one reason:
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The disclosure means we know that Pickering’s press release is glorified advertising. And when press releases get passed off as news uncritically what I wonder is if the messenger is being paid and that fact is not disclosed?
Pickering honored for performance and accountability ~ Paul Hampton Crawdaddy Blog
Here at Slabbed New Media we’re hip to the concept of payola thus the reason I wonder about undisclosed monetary consideration in exchange for the promotion. To be clear I am not accusing the Sun Herald or Paul Hampton of anything improper because this may simply be a case of getting some cheap content on the run. That said and given what happened in Judge Jennifer Schloegel’s courtroom, for the Crawdaddy Blog to present such tripe in an uncritical manner represents a missed opportunity. Then again that is what places like Slabbed are for as people yearn for analysis.
Since Fortune Magazine covered a public policy study that named Mississippi as the most corrupt state in the union back in June, the topic has been brought up here in comments a few times and along with numerous emails to me by readers but I have not had much to say on the topic, even after Auditor Pickering conducted a PR counter offensive citing another public policy study which ranked Mississippi as sixth least corrupt state. Like all beauty contests, to the extent the beauty is in the eye of the beholder means these studies are about as useful as used corn cobbs were way back in the day, but that is a different post. I’ll see if I can’t tackle that part of it a bit later but for the lifers here already know the answer from Slabbed’s coverage of the DMR scandal.
Slabbed has a friend at Rutgers so I’ll clue them in too because I bet they want to learn a thing or two about how things are done here down South as well.