More on the Tennessean’s hopelessly misdirected investigative journalism targeting country music fans: Someone e-mailed me to ask what I thought about yesterday’s follow-up story to the Tennessean “faux controversy” story I blogged Sunday.
What do you think I think? Yesterday’s story is merely a rehash of the original non-story. This time, the reporter gathers some quotes from leaders of other artist’s fan clubs who say the Chely Wright fans, “went too far.” Agreed. They went too far. Hasn’t treating them like members of al-kadhi on the front page of the Sunday Tennessean sort of made that point already?
Here’s a better story for the Tennessean reporter to pursue. I think she should do an expose on the reasons behind why no Tennessean reporters covered the Nashville payola scandal earlier this year involving WQZQ that even a best-selling author writing for the New Yorker covered (thanks to Mr. Roboto for that link). Why are over-enthusiastic fans worth investigating and a blatantly corrupt radio industry not? Does the lack of coverage of that payola scandal have anything to do with the Tennessean having an entertainment columnist on the payroll of that station? Not to suggest that any of this is scandalous, but it’s at least worth asking the presidents of some fan clubs about.