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Wednesday, March 14, 2012



Thanks for this Liz. Very well thought out and puts the article into perspective. I hope others read it.


Welcome to the world of crowdsourced news. There's no reason to think of anyone who works for Patch as a professional journalist.

Tracy Sheets

Actully Anderson Cooper has had several shows on this very topic. Anyone who feels that they were harmed by Internet blogs or other type sites should contact your State's attorney general office. There are so many sides to a story, but I feel this type of reporting irresponsible.

Tracy Sheets

I sorry to say but some of the information in your article was very disturbing to me because it concerned a 15 year old which I'm sure will be tried as an adult. I believe parents should speak out after people have been proven guilty. I kept my child out of school under doctor's care until a matter was investigated at school.


Commending you, Liz, for your work to make an example of yellow journalism. But like the other commenters, I believe much of 'media' behaves in this way. "use sensationalism to build ... readership"


I have no dog in this fight, but I add my thanks to you, Liz, for calling out what passes for journalism for the steaming load of crap it is.

In "real" journalism, it isn't unheard of to take a piece to a source for comment with a short deadline--the request for which is along the lines of: "The Daily Dogpatch is planning to run a story on xyz in tomorrow morning's edition, can you provide your comments on it?"

However, I'm not aware of any journalist worth his or her salt that would believe a simple e-mail to the district office constitutes a good-faith effort to give a source the opportunity to respond. You get phone numbers or addresses; you contact folks personally. If you don't get it by your deadline, you and your editor have a little sit-down to decide if the information in the article is urgent and important enough to run without. Any editor that would let that pass should be fired immediately. Of course, Chan is listed as "editor," which seems to be de rigeur for web-only based "news" orgs. One wonders if these stories are ever actually seen by anyone other than the writer before being posted. Who has the ultimate responsibility for giving a story the green-light?

Patch's regional editor, Jamie White, has commented: "Thank you to everyone who has commented on this piece so far... and especially to Dorie for shedding light on what she says she witnessed. I am a former teacher, a parent and the regional editor for Redwood City Patch and want all of you to know Stacie has and is making very effort to get a response, any response from the school district to add and will keep all of you updated."

Just wow. See, Ms. White, all that stuff about your personal life? Your feeling about Ms. Johnson? Totally irrelevant to your job and it makes you look like an amateur. Your job, at least if it corresponds to the traditional understanding of a news editor, entails, among other things, ensuring that the stories that your organization publishes are properly reported and supportable.

Such crappy "journalism" (scare-quotes intentional) does a huge, huge disservice to the community.

/journalism rant.

Roosevelt Parent

Liz- thank you for doing the reporter's job- too bad you don't work for the Patch instead.

Dorie Johnson

The Lying Tongue

Proverbs 25:18 says, "A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow." So a lying tongue is a misuse of a deadly weapon. It can be used to harm others near at hand (a maul), a few feet away (a sword), or a great distance away (an arrow). Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and God said that he hates a lying tongue (Pro. 6:17). All liars will have their part in the lake of fire, according to Revelation 21:8.

(Now they'll make me out to be a religious be it.)2-15, 3-15.

Dorie Johnson

BREAKING NEWS FLASH: Are you aware that I met with both Jan Christensan and John Baker today? Do like they asked me, and stop your blogging or commenting until Wednesday.


Ms. Johnson, you're in a hole. It's time to stop digging.

You're a party to a legal proceeding related to your job. It might be best for you not to write anything at all about that proceeding, not even telling people who aren't parties to that proceeding not to write about it.

Liz Ditz

Ms. Johnson, you seem to be confused about the differences between your position and mine.

You are or were a District employee, responsible to the District, and directly involved in the issue discussed above.

I am a private citizen and a taxpayer in the District.

I can and will continue blogging about this issue and anything else that comes to mind.

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