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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Filling hole in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette City Hall coverage

Posted By on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 7:03 AM

click to enlarge WHERE STORY BEGAN: Cop beaitng a bar customer in Hillcrest.
  • WHERE STORY BEGAN: Cop beaitng a bar customer in Hillcrest.
A sentence in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

City Manager Bruce Moore said that the residency of one of the Civil Service Commission's seven members, Brett Morgan, came into question Friday, a day after he was one of four votes to overturn the month-long suspension of Little Rock police Lt. David Hudson, who was punished for using excessive force in an October 2011 arrest.

The active voice, adding an omitted fact, would have been a classier way to explain how this story came to pass. For example:

The Arkansas Times raised the question of Brett Morgan's residency Friday in its on-line Arkansas Blog, after a search of city and county records.

Here's our original report on the residency question.  It followed our look at how the voting went on the Civil Service Commission action, a roll call missing from the coverage by Spencer Willems in the Democrat-Gazette report on the commission vote. How Jack's House was built: Naming Morgan as a participant produced the telephone tip that led to the records search that led to our story that led to the D-G followup account today.

I was interested, too, to see in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — on its front page — a report on a preservationist's concern about tearing down the historic bank building at Fourth and Main, now occupied by KATV, for the Little Rock Tech ParkBlog reader Joanimal first sounded the alarm on that proposal in comments on the blog Thursday morning. Her concern was incorporated in a post here about a long list of questions — most about money — facing developers of the park.

Devoted Arkansas Blog critic Jtsims— in comments last night on the residency item — said that what I (and a doughty handful of fellow blind hogs) do at the Arkansas Blog every day is not journalism. Perhaps not. Nonetheless, we, with the help of readers, turn up an acorn now and then.

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