More on the Tennessean’s hopelessly misdirected investigative journalism targeting country music fans

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.

  • Mark

    I first heard “Bumper of my SUV” on said radio station’s morning show, with said Tennessean columnist on staff.

    Make of that what you wish.

  • Mr Roboto

    I didn’t see the point of the Tennessean’s follow up article, other than they realized that their “Campaign of Deception” expose got some attention and they want to keep the story alive. Because reading that Brooks and Dunn’s fan club organizer patriotically eschew such tactics wasn’t ground-breaking news.

    My first reaction to this story was to recall that New Yorker piece, which was a more scandalous story that never made the Tennessean. I wonder if the Tennessean would have taken such a gossipy/expose-esqe tone with a larger act, particularly since the Tennessean rather gratuituously refers to Ms. Wright as “no longer ha[ving] a deal with a major record label.”

    I note that today’s Nashville Scene has a blip about the flap in its “Off Limits” section, titled “Praise for the Daily.” It suggests that the Tennessean finally is doing real “journalism.”

    The Scene’s (aka Matt Pulle’s) constant jabs at the Tennessean usually seem petty, but now I think their praise is just as misdirected.

  • rex

    Well, I don’t plan to take up the Tennessean jabbing mantle (that would mean I’d have to read it everyday), however, I’m sure when everyone recovers from their shock over the Tennessean actually doing something, anything “investigative,” they’ll realize they have missed the real story: that 17 fans were able to completely explode the Clear Channel programming cartel.

  • Hudge

    Slow news time makes for bad news reporting. apparently other media are picking up on the non-story as well, maybe because there isn’t much else easy pickings around. as for exploding the cartel, doesn’t it seem to you the Tennessean is doing its best to help put Humpty back together again? AFter all, it’s in their selfinterest to do so.