A city commissioner in Portland, Ore., sparked something of an Internet firestorm this week with a pair of posts to his official city of Portland blog slamming the local newspaper, the Oregonian.
In his original post, titled â€œGoing Richard Sherman on the Oregonian,â€ Steve Novick says commissioners feel attacked by the newspaperâ€™s â€œcriticism and contempt.â€
Taking an example from Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, whose post-game on-air interview sparked a thousand memes that will be forgotten by the closing whistle of the Super Bowl, Novick rants on the Oregonian, calling it â€œmediocreâ€ because it only delivered four days a week and because it has had to lay off journalists. Novick also makes mention of â€œsorry Orange County right-wing publisherâ€ N. Christian Anderson III.
After being linked on Romenesko and talked about by journalists around the country all day on Twitter, Novick wrote a follow up piece saying, that, no, he didnâ€™t mean to include the reporters when he insulted the newspaper. â€œI guess I could have caveated my post with the same things Iâ€™m saying hereâ€¦ but that wouldnâ€™t have made it a very good trash-talk,â€ he wrote.
I guess I donâ€™t know how things work in Portland, but we donâ€™t have city commissioners blogging here, let alone blogging with the sort of confidence it takes to openly and immaturely attack a newspaper (without the decency to allow comments on the post).
Personally, Iâ€™d like to see a commissioner start a blog and keep it updated regularly in Bozeman, even if it means an occasional flame war.