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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)

Bep's is Newton's old-fashioned country store

By Stephanie Hebert

October 29, 2007 | NEWTON -- Bep's Country Market can be found in Newton, and as in any convenience store, the usual can be found such as soda pop, milk, and bread. "I try to keep my prices low so it doesn't pay to go to Logan," said Rebecca Griffin the store owner.

More important then the goods the store sells is what it offers to the people of the town. Tom Barker of Newton comes into the store every day to get some ice cream and talk with Griffin. Barker usually stays about an hour and talks with Griffin and anyone else who wants to talk.

"Haven't heard of anyone hitting a cow?" asks Kelly May of Clarkston. He came into the store to find out if Griffin had heard anything from anyone about a cow he had found dead in the middle of the road early Friday morning.

"One of our favorite stops," said David Kent of Smithfield. He and his wife Barbara tandem bike around the valley and stop in when their ride leads by the market.

After the cow was discussed May and Barker started discussing the most scenic way to see Oregon when you are driving. May suggested driving on Highway 26 and avoiding the interstate.

"You'll meet everyone here," said Griffin.

There is also a pool table in the back that for 75 cents a game anyone can play. The local church ward's young men's groups would come in and play a game when they had time. Families even would come in a play a game on family home evening nights. Unfortunately, due to some remodeling the pool table is temporarily out of order.

Griffin also seems to know her customers well. A group of teenagers came in for their afternoon pop and Griffin commented on a recent birthday of one of the boy's brothers.

Unfortunately due to health problems with Griffin's mother, the store is up for sale. Griffin said that no matter whoever buys the store, she hopes it will still remain a place that the local townspeople feel comfortable to come, shop, and talk.


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