memphis’ oldspaper of record

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Chris Jackson notes a Commercial Appeal report about a speech by Rep. Harold Ford Jr to students and faculty at Harding Academy in Memphis. 

Nothing strange about a politician talking at a school.  Except that the report ran on the 29th of December. 

Huh?  What school is in session during the week between Christmas and New Years?  Well, according to Harding Academy’s website, they’re not open until the 4th of January.

The only clue in this story is the reference to HFJ being late for the speech due to an appearance on the Don Imus Show.  Surely, the Commercial Appeal isn’t just now getting around to reporting the news from November 29th, is it? 

Apparently it is.  Why even bother? 

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5 Responses to “memphis’ oldspaper of record”

  1. Lindsey Says:

    BobK, the East Memphis Appeal is a publication of the Commercial Appeal, but is not a function of the CA’s reporting desk. The East Memphis Appeal (just like the other Appeal sections for various Memphis communities) consists of community-produced stories and photos that readers write and take and send in to us on a free-lance basis. The story doesn’t have a byline and, unfortunately, reads much like a press release. I don’t say that to offend the author, and I’m sure there are, unfortunately, stories in the main CA that read like press releases, but I think it’s worth pointing out so as not to confuse the Appeal editions with the Commercial Appeal’s regular Metro section.

    The smaller, free Appeal sections often feature stories that aren’t exactly newsy and timely; they are written by community members with no tie to deadlines.

  2. Bob K Says:


    Who screens these reader-submitted stories? Using what criteria?

    And if a campaign (or someone affiliated with a campaign) writes and submits the story, is its publication considered to be an in-kind contribution?

  3. Lindsey Says:

    Each community section has an editor and an assistant editor that do the initial screening. I’m not sure what their criteria are but I think it’s pretty liberal (not in the political sense, but in the literal sense).

    As for your second question, I’m not sure. I certainly feel like there’s a big risk when it comes to just running whatever people send us, but there may be screening steps set in place to prevent political finagling (I’m not in the know when it comes to that part of the process). I would encourage you to ask the East Memphis Appeal editor, Steve O’Dell. His number is (901) 529-2542. He might be able to better explain it.

  4. Mark Rogers Says:


    FYI on the CA’s web site at,1426,MCA_1496_1679262,00.html is the list of the Governor’s Cabinet.

    Not only does it not take note of the recent departure of Safety Commissioner Fred Phillips but it still lists the long departed Quenton White and Anna Windrow and fails to note the appointment of a Commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services.

    No decently read blog could fail to update itself to this extent.

  5. Lindsey Says:

    Mark, I just sent that link to someone at the CA who can hopefully get it fixed ASAP. You’re right that it needs to be fixed. It’s an eyesore and it’s a useless resource if it’s out of date. Thanks for pointing that out.