“Underground Nashville” to combat media arrogance and negligence regarding Nashville political races

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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“Underground Nashville” to combat media arrogance and negligence regarding Nashville political races

When I ran for the U.S. Congress as an Independent in Nashville in 2000, I naively believed that—because I was vying for an important, high-level office—the media would do its job and cover me . . . thus allowing the voters of Nashville to be fully informed about my positions and experience before entering the voting booth.  I even used my professional PR skills to continually offer the media genuinely newsworthy press releases, to help them in their work and—ultimately—to ensure that the voters had as much information about me as possible before making their decision.

I won’t bore you with the details as to what ACTUALLY happened, but suffice it to say the press not only dropped the ball, but dropped it arrogantly. The Tennessean refused to return my phone calls for months, until finally doing so two days before the election . . . The Nashville Scene wrote a thoroughly botched piece on my campaign that had NOTHING to do with my platform . . . and on, and on. I learned the hard way that the media arrogantly determines up front who has a chance and who doesn’t . . . and then refuses to cover you (or does so extremely inadequately) if they deem you to have no chance. Thus fulfilling the self-fulfilling prophecy.

So “Underground Nashville”—in whatever way we can—will fight that arrogance and negligence this election season. Any candidate—and I do mean ANY candidate—who would like to be interviewed by this blog will be. The voters of Nashville deserve that respect….that right to be fully informed…and they certainly won’t get it from the local mainstream media.

Coming next week:  An interview with James Chesser, and later one with Dr. Steve Dickerson, the two GOP candidates vying for the Tennessee Senate seat currently held by Democrat Doug Henry.  Senator Henry and his Democratic primary opponent, Jeff Yarbro, also will be invited to be interviewed.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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