"Dressed like he was attending a corn husking party"

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Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana.
  • "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana."
ActionNews17 is a Northshore news website that bills itself as "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana," and it's a good source of small-town news for Hammond, Amite and the areas around rural Tangipahoa Parish — with straightforward stories ranging from "Body of Mandeville man found in lake" and "Olive Garden names O'Neill manager, gears up for Monday opening at Hammond Square." But reporter Don Ellzey's story yesterday, about Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White's appearance before the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, will probably earn Action News 17 fame far beyond the Tangipahoa Parish borders:

AMITE — State Supt. of Education John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite.

For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss, about the next layer of bureaucracy that is settling over the state's education system that will supposedly lift Louisiana students out of the muck and mire of ignorance.

Board member Al Link picked up on the cadence, saying, "My life is getting more difficult because young people talk too fast."

White arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about half way unzipped. ...

The story — which was not an editorial or a column — just goes on from there, and Action News 17 has addressed the furor on its Facebook page:

Our inbox is filling up this morning with comments about our coverage of State Superintendent John White's comments before the Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting Tuesday night. We'll be posting your letters on our OPINIONS page at AN17.com. Feel free to send us your comments, too. We afford all voices a chance to be heard on AN17.com. Thanks!

"Was that journalism?" wonders one man. But C.B. Forgotston, the frequent critic of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, says he has to "admire a member of the media who has the guts to tell it like it is."

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