ONE OF GREAT THINGS lately is that I'm getting more and more readers. And more readers attract advertisers--have you seen the new ads lately? Of course you have because the pledge breaks have decreased and I'm getting a heck of a lot more penetration --which is great especially after a hangover, but it was a memorable Thursday Night, I'll leave it at that.
I digress to the reaction from the KCBS love society over Thursday's post regarding Rebecca Corral.
First off, I have no issues with Ms. Corral. I received a tip from a pretty good source who knows 855 Battery inside and out. Nevertheless, the source provided the information regarding Ms. Corral and some inter-office chatter. After getting the tip and reading it and concerned about the nature of the news, I again, called the source and asked, "You know, this is kind of 'big, are you sure?" I even asked, "You're not pulling my leg are you?" The source said "No, of course not." I had to ask because that's what good journalists do, even bloggers. So after the reassurance and much consideration, I went with the story.
Contrary to what a lot of people think, NO, I just don't thrown feces against the wall and see what sticks. Really, I try to get it right every once and awhile. A story like Ms. Corral and the KCBS post is a difficult story to write because it involves some people I know and respect. Therefore I take these things seriously and ponder the consequences of writing such a story every day.
It does me no good to publish something like the Corral/KCBS story because inevitably there will be tons of negative reaction and those friends of Ms. Corral who wrote me (both e-mail and on-line here) to complain and defend Ms. Corral, who I've never met but have the utmost respect (personally and professionally) and have written as much, including, generally speaking, my respect and admiration for KCBS. So it pains me to publish a story like Thursday's but in the end I went with it because the source is airtight legit; a source that has provided me tips in the past every one of which was true so I have no reason to question the validity. Even so, I still had to ask, (and always will) "you sure this is kosher?"
What bothers me (only slightly) is that those who responded either directly or indirectly; some anonymously, some not, questioned my credibility and my source(s) with some subtle and not-so-subtle personal jibes. One in particular on Facebook said he enjoyed my "fiction", as if that was going to sully my day. Fat chance.
I have no issues with people who love Ms. Corral and came aboard to defend her. They have every right just as I have every right to write something controversial and profoundly personal. That's what I do here and that's why you read it. Not everything is going to be popular and warm and fuzzy and no, I'm probably not going to gain friends writing what I wrote Thursday but that's not why I do this.
I write for the readers, MY readers, who fortunately have taken to this site in record numbers and continue to come here even when the going gets tough and put up with the pledge breaks and have supported me thick and thin. I'm sorry if you think I'm being self-righteous and such because that is not what I'm trying to accomplish.
I write this, first and foremost, with the intent of being fresh, entertaining, and above all, accurate. No, I haven't been 100% correct and I've screwed up quite a bit but I've also hit a few homers too, quite a lot actually. Nobody's perfect, including me. By and large, most people get it. Others don't and will continue to bitch and moan but that's life and the environment we're in. The Internet age.
So, sure, Ms. Corral and her friends and defenders have every right to be ticked. But I'm good with the story because the source is credible and is quite literally close to the action. One could argue, logically, hey, "why write such a story--there's this type of shit in every office, not just some radio station." Fair point. And I considered (and consider) that logic on a daily basis when the situation merits --again, ultimately I went with the post based on the veracity and credibility of the source, plain and simple. Even so, my detractors will say it's all a bunch of rumor and innuendo. Oh well.
Did I lose some of you because of what I wrote? Maybe, maybe not. Hopefully, you'll still come back, but I have no control over that. Did I ruffle a few feathers at KCBS and other places? Yes, of course, including, probably, the new news boss at KCBS for whom I have the utmost respect, but even he would agree (hopefully) that my heart is in the right place and I sincerely have no intention of hurting people (Unless they hurt me). Nevertheless, Thursday's article probably hurt a few people but again, sometimes what is written is not always going to be popular and trendy; sort of what the guy who wrote for Rolling Stone a thousand years ago, does. If you're into the coffee table pieces, he's great for that kind of material, you outta read him in the Pinkie every two weeks.
Me here at my site, 415 Media. I'll continue to rock and roll, (God willing) and try to be even more entertaining and insightful and provocative. I'll also continue to try to bring to the Bay Area a fresh, non-sanitized, real and honest, occasionally raw account of Bay Area media culture devoid of the usual bs that is so pervasive.
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