Not content with one attempt at character assassination, The Joplin Globe will strike again in its Friday edition.
A follow-up story on the situation that occurred in a hallway during the Joplin R-8 Board of Education meeting will be featured. The headline on the internet edition reads, "Take it somewhere else, superintendent says."
The subhead reads, "R-8 Administrator says dispute does not belong at school"
I totally agree with Superintendent Jim Simpson's assessment and I will go one step further. It does not belong in the area's newspaper of record either. And don't think this is being said because I work for the Joplin R-8 School District. I rarely write about district occurrences on this blog, but I do write about area media. When they do good work, I will happily give them credit, but when they miss the mark, I will go Truman on them.
A big part of the first story was that the PTO president was going to the police to tell how Ms. Randall's family allegedly threatened her. She hasn't gone to the police yet, according to the Globe article.
The Globe thought this story was big enough that it merited filing a Freedom of Information request for the videotape of the altercation.
If a real story is going to come out of this mess, it hasn't shown any signs of appearing thus far. If the board member and the PTO president had exchanged punches, that would have been newsworthy. They exchanged words and it was not a part of the school board meeting. A petition is being circulated to remove newly-elected Rhonda Randall as a board member. Perhaps that is the news peg. Even so, The Globe editors should have shown more discretion. When they begin to print accusations about elected officials' private lives...when they clearly have no bearing on whether they can do the jobs they have been elected to do...it can do nothing but discourage people from running for office. Especially an unpaid office like school board member.
It appears that either the Globe is taking a more tabloid approach (and I mean the most low rent of the tabloids), or that someone at the Globe has an ax to grind.
However, I will happily back off this stance once I see the complete list of affairs that Joplin Globe editors and reporters have had and a listing of how many of its reporters have been called whores. After all, that is the label the Globe, through quoting Ms. Braun, has attached to Ms. Randall on two consecutive days.
I await that list, but please don't send any pictures. I'm all out of Pepto-Bismol.