On December 22, I laid down this challenge (with credit to Mr. Roboto) to the Tennessean after they unleashed their “crack” investigative team on that den of “inequity” otherwise known as the Chely Wright fan club:
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.
Today, the Tennessean has a front page story about a real scandal, not the Chely Wright pretend-scandal.
Yet even in today’s story, the writer can’t help herself and takes yet another jab at the eager Chely Wright fans who discovered a way to hack the radio cartel with this editorial comment embedded in her story: Sometimes, those fans cross the line. No quotation marks. Fans should check in with the reporter, I guess, who seems to have established what is the “line” fans may cross in competing with the payola thugs and radio barrons.