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Today's word on journalism

Monday, November 5, 2007

On Objectivity:

"I still insist that 'objective journalism' is a contradiction in terms. But I want to draw a very hard line between the inevitable reality of 'subjective journalism' and the idea that any honestly subjective journalist might feel free to estimate a crowd at a rally for some candidates the journalist happens to like personally at 2,000 instead of 612 -- or to imply that a candidate the journalist views with gross contempt, personally, is a less effective campaigner than he actually is."

-- Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear & Loathing: CORRECTIONS, RETRACTIONS, APOLOGIES, COP-OUTS, ETC., a 1972 memo to Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner, excerpted in the current (November 2007) issue of Harper’s Magazine (Thanks to alert WORDster Andy Merton)

Hyde Park gets excellent marks on annual audit

By Angeline Olschewski

October 26, 2007 | HYDE PARK -- City Council members heard the external audit report for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, which said they succeeded in increasing the city's assets and decreasing its liabilities.

The audit, performed by Peterson Allred Jackson, a local CPA office, found the city to be in complete compliance with the year's budgets.

There was only one finding that blemished the report. New audit standards require that adjustments must be made during an internal audit prior to conducting an external audit to avoid being noted .

Hyde Park had only one finding, which qualified as "material weakness," a mark determined by the value of the material adjusted. Members expressed their frustrations with the new rules, clearly disappointed in a blemish that would not have appeared according to the previous year's standards.

"We're cruising along with a law that works for 99 percent of us," Mayor David Kooyman said, "and that other percent finds a way to circumvent the law, embezzling, so the rest of us have to work harder."

In other business:
-- The council set a date for a public hearing regarding the rezoning of the Cooper property. The first public hearing will be held at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Nov. 7.
-- The council recommended revisiting the flag lot ordinance.


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