|Tennessean headline on Hollin story. And it was all yellow.|
Yesterday the editors at the Tennessean changed their original headline on CM Jamie Hollin's tongue-lashing of CMs Jim Gotto and Phil Claiborne from "rant" to "curses at", which seems to me closer to the idea of journalistic objectivity. This morning, they are back to sensationalizing the story like those kids you may remember from elementary school who would not just watch a fight, but would run up and down yelling "Fight! Fight!" to pull more kids into the audience as if they were aspiring promoters.
If that were not enough, Tennessean intern Adam Tamburin, writing more like the hall monitor, suggests the possibility that Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors could somehow discipline Hollin for yelling and cursing in a parking garage. As if the marm could send Hollin to the principal's office:
No disciplinary action will be taken against Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin in the wake of his profanity-laced argument with two council members on Tuesday, the vice mayor said.
Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, who oversees council meetings, said Hollin would go unpunished for his “inappropriate” behavior during and after the last council meeting.
Adam Tamburin reports cussing
“There is nothing (regarding the punishment of council members) in our rules,” Neighbors said. “You are expected to be civil and respectful to one another, and that didn’t happen last night” ....
Neighbors said council members are typically informally asked to stop disruptive behavior in the chambers.
“I wish he had not yelled at the other council members, but he did it,” she said. “It was inappropriate.”
This event barely disrupts the Vice Mayor's generally robotic, orchestrated, and undemocratic meetings (democracy being a more rowdy and contentious affair). But how did the intern invent the premise that discipline was ever a possibility? And, seriously, are there not more significant pieces of news out there to cover on Metro Council that affect the public welfare than an extracurricular scrum over obscure council procedure?