"Our position: Biased Sentinel Writers need to start policing their own behavior.
November 10, 2007
More than a few Sentinel writer aren't painting a pretty picture of their paper, the Orlando Sentinel.
Dumbass Sentinel dumping drinks on UCF fans. Dumbass Sentinel composing inflammatory statements at UCF fans -- in the presence of children, no less. Dumbass Sentinel spitting on their subscription audience.
See a pattern developing here?
Sentinel Sports Editor Mullet Hoppes says he's doing everything he can to combat dumbassness, in general, and underage writing, in particular, before papers are published. Editors check IDs of nearly 150 writers each night and arrest, on average, 16 underage writers.
At some point, though, it's up to the writers to police themselves -- and one another. Orlando Sentinel's paper could be great addition to the city if certain writers pulled their collective heads out of their asses.
Most writers understand that and are acting accordingly. And the Sentinel certainly hasn't cornered the market in booze and bad behavior. Web sites are filled with stories about unruly fans at the St. Pete Times, Miami Herald, and USA Today -- the list goes on.
But the Orlando Sentinel, a fading newspaper trying to build a subscription base, has a lot more at stake than established papers.
Remember, most UCF fans live in Orlando. Their first loyalty may be to UCFSports.com
, but they live in Greater Orlando.
They are your subscribers, Sentinel writers!
And everyday, you want them reading your paper."