• 64°

Letter: Misplaced news judgment

I was somewhat startled when I opened Wednesday’s paper expecting to read about the death of former President Gerald R. Ford. What really shocked me was that President Ford did not even get top billing in the Salisbury Post.

A dog hit by a car was more important that our 38th president passing away.

As an avid animal lover, I had no problems with the article, but I do have a problem with it being misplaced on the front page of the newspaper. There is absolutely no reason why President Ford’s death should not have received top billing. After all, President Ford was the man that took over the White House when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace. President Ford did all within his power to heal the country after Watergate. But now, according to the placement of the article in the Salisbury Post, he doesn’t deserve top billing. What a shame that someone at the Salisbury Post failed to use their knowledge which would have told them a president (dead or alive) should receive more recognition than a puppy dog.

It all boils down to the fact that someone at the Salisbury Post failed to use values when it came to this article; those values were misplaced. Now, let’s see if they print any more articles and put them in the correct portion of the Salisbury Post. Gerald Ford was an honorable president and articles about him should be placed in the appropriate place in the newspaper. I’m sure the Post could give ample excuses why they put his billing under a hurt dog and beside a donkey.

How disgraceful can you get?

— David Rodgers

China Grove

Editor’s note: The Salisbury Post was one of the few papers in this region to get any word of Ford’s death in Wednesday’s edition. The announcement was late-breaking news Tuesday night; a Post editor worked past deadline to change Wednesday’s front page and place the story in a prominent position on Page 1A. Neither the edition of the Charlotte Observer received here nor the Independent-Tribune of Concord had news of Ford’s death that day. The Post gave fuller treatment to the story on Thursday and will continue to do so. We appreciate readers’ high expectations and strive to meet them daily.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

Nation/World

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Nation/World

FDA says single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID

High School

Coaches, lawmakers react to governor’s order expanding sporting event capacity

Coronavirus

Three new COVID-19 deaths, positives remain below triple digits

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces end to curfew, changes to restrictions affecting bars, high school sports

Crime

Blotter: Two charged after call about package

Crime

Salisbury Police investigating two shootings

Crime

Chase involving Kernersville man ends in woods behind Carson High School

News Main

North Rowan girls end season with playoff loss to Murphy

Education

Rowan-Salisbury EC department plunges in place after raising $1,300 for Special Olympics