[eDebate] the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is a joke

brian rubaie brubaie
Fri Aug 15 13:50:02 CDT 2008


the writer's angle seems to be 'debate is hiding lots of dark secrets that
are only sometimes caught on video.' i definitely agree with jay hawk on the
need for good publicity to counteract the bad. i've just been posting links
on discussion boards and news sites to more quality debates, particularly
the CEDA finals debates featuring the fort and towson, in an attempt to show
what debate really is and why it's good.

unfortunately, schakner has a major readership and we're a bit more insular,
but press releases, good interviews, and backchannels will definitely be a
help if/as the story develops. .


On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 9:01 AM, michael hester <uwgdebate at gmail.com> wrote:

> i was interviewed by multiple news outlets yesterday. all but one were very
> professional, actually trying to gather information and asking the
> appropriate questions.
> the exception was the reporter from the PPG. Bill Schacter (?). he was a
> complete prick. worse, he was a poor reporter. by identifying myself as a
> first-person witness to the events, i assumed he'd actually care what i had
> to say. instead, he kept trying to correct me. when i explained that the two
> people arguing were not participants in the debate, he said, "yes, they
> were." i emphasized they were NOT and began trying to explain what a debate
> entails. he repeatedly interrupted me, telling ME what was happening in the
> debate (which was funny, since when the conversation started, he didn't even
> know what i meant by "i'm the red head in the video" and had to watch it
> again before he could ask me questions). when i start to explain the debate
> was over and the two going at it were not participants in  that round, he
> interrupts me again and says "yes, they were, there were the coaches of the
> two teams." this is the freakin' reporter for the PITTSBURGH Post Gazette,
> and he doesn't even understand that one of the two people in the video works
> at the Univ of Pittsburgh?!
> he was unprofessional, rude, and clearly had an agenda about what he wanted
> to write about, damn the facts.
> hester
> p.s. - any team that reads a Consult CP using Pitt-Post Gazette evidence in
> front of me will get block 24's.
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