Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sun Gazette Candidate Coverage - Pay to Play

Hello Yupette,

I was standing around a candidate's table at the County Fair yesterday when a advertising sales person from your favorite local newspaper (who could it be? who could it be?) approached and started talking to the campaign staff.

Of course, several campaign workers were very interested and started chatting her up, telling her that the campaign was in the mood to buy political advertising, etc. This led to an animated discussion about your favorite editor, no last names, call him 'Scott'.

Turns out that 'Scott's' nickname around the newspaper is 'Mr. Sub Man' for the way he devours submarine sandwiches at work.

Oh, the ad sales person told the campaign staff that she sat right next to 'Scott' at the newspaper's Edsall Road offices and she could arrange favorable news coverage in return for 'serious campaign advertising'.

The campaign staff told her that everyone was very familiar with 'Scott's' journalism and told her to check out the Arlington Yupette blog to see your coverage of 'Scott' and the newspaper.

Thought you would enjoy some news from the County Fair.

fed up Dem

20 Comments:

At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised?

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me guess...it was the Audrey Clement for County Board Campaign that she tried to shake down.

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should get your facts straight before slandering people. You don't know this salesperson, how long she has worked there or even what she does. Your comments are nothing but bogus trash.

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Eyewitness said...

Yep...it happened as reported by Yupette.

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Another Eyewitness said...

Don't think the Greens don't have a sense of humor. They sent the Sun Gazette's ad salesperson back to the SG's offices with a note for Scott that read "When is your next Jane Barcroft novel going to be published?"

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Still Another Eyewitness said...

Debbie Martin? Who is Debbie Martin?

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous 'Journalism Ethics' An Oxymoron said...

Later the same evening, a woman wearing a Washington Post T-shirt visited several political organizations that occupy space at the County Fair and asked a laundry list of questions about candidates running for election in 2011. When asked if she was a reporter, she took off.

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Fair Goer said...

Oh, that was the summer intern who's going to write the Post's endorsements for the August 23rd Dem Primary.

 
At 13 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie Martin? I saw her at the Arlington County Fair yesterday. She's a nice middle-aged African American woman who's the Sun Gazette's Arlington Retail Account Executive.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous TY said...

Another reason the Sun Gazette should not be endorsing political candidates.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not at all surprised. All the owners of American Community Newspapers are interested in is $$$ and more $$$$$$.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous AY Reader said...

No surprise about American Community Newspapers. I read your reports about ACN's bankruptcy shenanigans 2 years ago.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Arlington Green Party at the County Fair and they were very impressive connecting with voters.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Green Party A+, Republicans B+, Democrats C+ connecting with voters at the County Faoir.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will happily vote for Miriam Gennari for County Board or School Board.

 
At 14 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Audrey Clement gets my vote this year for County Board.

 
At 15 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun Gazette advertising? I never visit the Sun Gazette online with my home computer. I don't want to have to run a anti-virus scan to remove all the tracking junk that they put on your PC or laptop.

 
At 15 August, 2011 , Anonymous Donna said...

American Community Newspapers is run by a sleazy bunch of NeoCons.

 
At 15 August, 2011 , Anonymous Ethical D.C. Journalist said...

I doubt ACN's CEO knows what the jokers and clowns at the Sun Gazette's Springfield office are up to. His name is Richard Franks and he can be reached at: dfranks at acnpapers dot com

 
At 16 August, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I visit the Sun Gazette's blog my laptop gets infected with tracking software that slows it down significantly. Forget it.

 

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