Media Ace Reporter of the Day: Paul Shukovsky
posted by September 11 at 9:47 AMon
And they said it couldn’t be done: The PI’s Paul Shukovsky went and got a quote from someone on the other side of the pot issue—someone who thinks grow-op busts are a waste of time and police resources—and added that quote to what had been, when it originally appeared online yesterday, a rote piece of drug-war propaganda masquerading as journalism.
Shukovsky’s revised piece isn’t an anti-drug-war screed and it isn’t advocacy journalism calling for the legalization of pot. Instead it’s the kind of journalism daily papers take pride in delivering on other issues but typically fail to deliver when it comes to stories about drug busts. With the addition of a quote from a board member of NORML—Seattle defense attorney Jeff Steinborn—the PI and Shukovsky finally acknowledge the fact that there are two sides to this issue. By including Steinborn’s comments, the PI let its readers know that not just police officers, federal prosecutors, and DEA agents have valid opinions about pot and the war on drugs.
Now was that so hard?