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The Gurgling Cod writes, "[T]he food pages of the St. Louis Post Dispatch are not exactly Woodward and Bernstein territory..."

Careful, Mr. Cod. The writers on the food pages beyond the NYT and WaPo have a much greater impact on far more people than the two papers I just mentioned.

[Setting aside the (quite valid) argument that blogs like yours all over the country now hold much greater influence than most MSM papers and web pages.]

My point? You dilute your writing and your thinking taking trite cheap shots. Please don't.


I was not disparaging writers at papers like the Post-Dispatch, (or in MPLS) but pointing out that the life-style news sections of regional daily newspapers tend to run relatively easygoing features, rather than aggressive investigative journalism. I'm sure there are exceptions to this rule , but I'd stick with my bet that the Post-Dispatch food section produces more features along the lines of "area native writes cookbook," than hard news stories on the how our food is produced, promoted, and consumed. As the post indicates, I'm as surprised that they mentioned the Smithfield thing at all as I am disappointed that they did not take the issue seriously. I was not intending any sort of trite cheap shot, and don't think that I took one.


Fesser: Yes, we do hard news stories on how food is produced, etc. We have a reporter dedicated to that beat -- who writes for our *news* department.

At our paper, and at most newspapers, there's no such thing as a "life-style news section." There's a lifestyle section, part of the features department, and a news section. (There's actually further delineation, but that's irrelevant to the point right now.)

That doesn't mean I never write about how our food is produced. Google Baetje Farms or Marcoot Jersey Creamery or Salume Beddu to check out stuff I've done on folks like Caw Caw. It's not "aggressive investigative journalism," but I'd submit that it has a parallel impact to what you would have like me to achieve by focusing more on the Smithfield issue in the Summers story.

Mr. Sunshine

Materiality of print?! Now you're in Mr. Sunshine's territory.

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