Friday, August 26, 2011

Trib: Mt. Lebanon athletics boosters make big pitch for bond issue

Mt. Lebanon athletic boosters brought their best offense to the board of commissioners Monday to advocate for the passage of a $6 million to $7 million bond for pool improvements and construction of new athletic fields.

Commissioners didn't vote, but dozens of coaches and athletes came to the microphone during the public comment period to say that the community could use the improvements -- though a few in opposition said the time was not right to spend more money on amenities.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"..dozens of coaches and athletes came to the microphone.." REALLY ?

Listen to the podcast on or watch the public comment segment of the Commission meeting on Comcast or Verizon and do an actual body count.

And if the "Mt. Lebanon athletic boosters brought their best offense to the board of commissioners..", it certainly would not have even begun to pass the muster of an independent bank asked to finance it; however, portions of it were offensive in some respects.

Bill Lewis

August 27, 2011 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be that "liberal media bias" at the Trib trying to ram this project down our throats

Dave Schraven

August 27, 2011 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if he is actually a member of what you indicate to be "..that 'liberal media bias' at the Trib", Dave, but the same Trib reporter got on Mike Madison's wrong side a couple of days ago because the reporter reportedly quoted Mike " a way that subtly changes the meaning of what (Mike) said..". The full statement by Mike can be seen on his comment of 8/25/2011 @ 6:24 PM on this blog under the "Much ado.." posting on 8/25.

Two goof-ups and being called to task for it by the reading public over two days does not speak well for the reporter or the Trib.

Bill Lewis

August 27, 2011 6:48 PM  
Blogger Matt Santoni said...

Mr. Lewis:
I exchanged another couple of emails with Prof. Madison regarding the quotes in the blog story, and the issue was the difference between "particular speaker" in the original quote and "single person" in the paraphrasing, which may be erroneously interpreted that only human sources can be plagiarized. Nowhere did he say I had gotten anything factually wrong or gotten on his "wrong side."

As for the story about the speakers on the bond issue, I admit I did not keep an exact count, since many of the speakers repeated points the others had made and I left them out of my notes. You are right that not everyone went up to the Mic, but there were definitely dozens of people in attendance regulars like you and I don't often see at these meetings. The lead was a turn of phrase, a pun on athletes playing "offense," not a judgment on the merits of their arguments.

I own up to my mistakes when I make them, but I will also defend my work from misinterpretation. I respectfully disagree with your characterization of either article as some pattern of "goof-ups," or as some poor reflection on the Trib.

August 29, 2011 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Matt,good to hear from you and glad to see that you peruse the blogs for postings & comments that would seemingly be good leads for articles and quotes.

For an additional incident to at least be aware of, I refer you now to a Lebo Citizens posting of July 21, 2011 entitled "Trib correction in order ?".

Bill Lewis

August 30, 2011 12:18 PM  

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