[eDebate] the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is a joke

Darren Surch darren.surch
Fri Aug 15 14:01:46 CDT 2008

The article seemed pretty accurate and unbiases to me.

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 2:50 PM, brian rubaie <brubaie at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08228/904458-53.stm
> 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. .
> brian
> 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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