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“The Tennessean” gets it exactly right … with one huge omission

April 5, 2010

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”The Tennessean” gets it exactly right . . . with one huge omission

By Dave Carew

As Juno would  say, “ku-DOS” to The Tennessean for its continued investigative reporting on how the “MYSTERY SHOPPERS WANTED!” scam has bilked Tennesseans—particularly the unemployed, elderly, and others especially vulnerable—out of thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately, what the paper has never acknowledged, in the two articles I’ve seen on this topic to date, is that they themselves ran “MYSTERY SHOPPERS WANTED” ads for MONTHS, until yours truly told them they . . . um . . . might not want to run those classified ads in the exact same edition of the paper in which they were exposing the ads as a scam.

To The Tennessean’s credit, it immediately yanked the ads (which, again, had been running for MONTHS in the paper) once I sent an e-mail about it to the reporter who wrote the first exposé and to Tennessean editor Mark Silverman.  But sheesh.  Talk about editorial not knowing-eth what advertising doeth.

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.