Monday, April 04, 2016
Joplin Globe: Sharrock Dermott is our partner
The message line reads "Vote April 5th."
The e-mail lists email@example.com as the sender,followed by the Joplin Globe logo.
Underneath that is a box which reads, "A message from our partner."
The remainder of the message is an advertisement for the Joplin Globe's partner, Sharrock Dermott. At the bottom, it says that the message is paid for by the Committee to Elect Sharrock Dermott with Dermott's fellow Empire District Electric employee, David Layne, listed as treasurer.
While this is undoubtedly simply another way for the Globe to make money, the message makes it appear that Sharrock Dermott has the newspaper's blessing and support, especially when it refers to him as "our partner."
Coupled with the Globe's complicity in keeping its readers from knowing about many of the problems in the school district, including teacher morale issues, droves of teachers leaving the district, and the district's precarious financial situation, plus the Globe's cozy relationship with the Joplin Progress Committee and CART, you couldn't blame anyone for thinking that once again the Globe is trying to put its thumb on the scale and tell its readers what to do and who to support.