This time we have journalism, civic politics, and a rare ongoing side-trip into, well, sex.
Journalism Here in Vancouver · We’re into the fourth week of a civic-workers strike. The garbage isn’t getting picked up, a lot of kids’ summer day-camps are closed (real hardship for single parents), and it’s generally nasty. All the suburban municipalities have settled. The city workers I know all say they want a deal about like the burb workers got; but the union and management mostly aren’t talking. Why not?
Unfortunately, the local newspaper is giving us exactly zero drill-down or depth of coverage on the story. Fortunately, an excellent local online publication, the Tyee, does some actual journalism. I’m still puzzled. The city says they offered the union a deal like the burbs got. The union flatly denies it. Somebody’s lying. Each side accuses the other, darkly, of a hidden political agenda. The citizens, I bet, would be largely unsurprised if either set of accusations turned out to be true.
Maybe the Tyee doesn’t have the reach to embarrass them on this, but the local broadsheet ought to have dug this up, and ought to be running the “Who’s Lying!?!?” story on the front page every day until someone comes clean.
Shame on you, Vancouver Sun.
Journalism and Competence · While we’re dissing the mainstream... at Brad DeLong’s site, an excellent proposal, which I fully support: The Baseball Test for Journalists.
Did I Mention Sex? · Well, actually, I didn’t. But my brother Rob has an entry on the subject, unimaginatively entitled XXX. I recommend it.