So many media folks loved this idea of Mark Funkhouser as Mayor that their coverage was biased and unquestioning. Only after one painful embarrassment following another was his incompetence revealed and now he’s pretty much a non-factor as far as the local news scene.
At the outset of 2008, so many newsies wanted to believe propaganda from big companies about a quick economic turnaround. Obviously, the entire nation is still in the grips of The Great Recession and the Star’s business section predicting “economic resiliency” now seems silly.
And the Downtown Renaissance? That’s been nothing more than a taxpayer nightmare that has shut down small time businesses and stirred even more local racial division.
So, as I think about so many local newsies anticipating a huge riot this weekend, I’m not gonna be surprised if they’re wrong and kind of lame for believing their own hype rather than (gasp!) maybe talking to a local African-American teen . . . Which is reporting that we STILL haven’t seen.