Jeff Gauger is a Wet Fart
Most of the “vote yes” yard signs in Guilford County are dressed in Duke blue. People display them to promote amending the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman.
The “vote no” signs bear Carolina blue. Folks show them to say, in effect, don’t touch our constitution on this topic.
My editors (yes, even the editor has editors) went all wonky about whether the sign colors are exactly, precisely, without question the actual UNC and Duke colors. Perhaps not, I s’pose. But they’re close enough to qualify as way more than a coincidence.
The color of political yard signs isn’t important, not compared with Amendment One itself.
From Ed Cone:
What are the tensions and imperatives involved in covering a topic that stirs strong feelings on both sides? What shapes coverage — why, for example, were two significant local protests ignored, while a front-page article on the subject was reported from another county?
What a great opportunity for Gauger to tell us something meaningful about his approach to the job and his vision for our hometown daily.
And he wrote about…none of that.
It seems to me that Saul, in abdicating his responsibility to take an editorial stance on Amendment 1, and Gauger, in skirting the subject with inaccurate descriptions of yard signs, are guilty of professional lassitude. Any other time that might be OK, but this is crunch time for the citizens of North Carolina and serious attention to duty is required. Saul and Gauger have failed us at this crucial moment. Neither are apparently suited to the important jobs they have been given. Indeed, neither have experience guiding such a large and relatively important newspaper, and their failures show it.
As the newspaper industry contains its slow march into oblivion, there are countless publishers and editors available to lead a paper like the N&R. It makes no sense to put relative amateurs in these positions when so many stand ready to do the jobs capably. We require men of courage and conviction. Instead, what we have are unserious pretenders who have let us down.
I have no idea that Landmark will step in and rectify either problem. But to the clarion call that Robin Saul must go, I add the suggestion that Jeff Gauger join him. Greensboro is obviously too big a responsibility for them to manage. What’s worse is they never even tried.