Now that Johnson has stepped aside, will we hear any explanation from the T-D?
I nearly choked on my coffee yesterday when I read the T-D's editorial about the Stephen Johnson story. "Had School Board chairman Stephen Johnson gone trolling for companionship in a Richmond nightclub, few would have noticed or cared. Now he stands mortified for having the poor judgment to advertise himself on a Web site graphically explicit about the nature of what so many who go trolling seek. ..." What the T-D editorial writers fail to acknowledge is their own paper's leading role in this story. When are we going to hear the paper's explanation for running that story? My guess is Louise Seals will write something in Sunday's paper, at least that's my hope. I want to hear the justification for running it.
Mrs. Seals, if you are reading this, here are the questions I think people would like answered:
- What was your reasoning for going with this story?
- What made it an A-1 story?
- Would the paper have run the story if it had been a straight Web site? Did you talk about that in your discussions about the story?
- Was there much discussion about it? Was there strong opposition to running it?
- Did the person or persons who tipped you off give you their names? Did you take into consideration their motives?