Adapted from a Facebook response to discussion over the departure of John David Dyche from The Courier-Journal after an op-ed piece critical of the newspaper was rejected for publication by editors.
I had found this interesting, and figured it would turn into a bash-the-C-J list, and almost didn’t post it for that reason, but think it is a big deal, not because a contributor has left the paper in an ideological dispute, but because it is an overall change in journalism.
NASHVILLE, TENN. — I write about sports. There are a couple of stories that have been backed up on my to-do list today while making a 400-mile drive to cover a basketball game Saturday. But it seems none of that is going to come until I write about something else first.
I wandered into truck stops on the way down Interstate 65 between Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn. And around every television monitor people gathered, silently, to watch coverage of the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Most of us were like one truck driver who quietly turned to a group of us watching a screen in a Wendy’s restaurant truck stop outside Franklin, Ky., and said, “I need to get moving, but I can’t.”