The Rapid City Urinal (Journal) was called out in in a official city meeting for conflict in interest and disrespecting the current board member in reporting on the recent city election.
It was even added to the official agenda.
The rant starts at about 11: 55 into the video.
I’m not sure if this is just sour grapes after losing, or Mrs. Hadcock has a legitimate concern. However, someone from the RCJ editorial board should have been present to at least hear their their concerns, and maybe address their concerns if not during the meeting, at least afterwards.
The name calling is definitely uncalled for.
Now that I have enjoyed some fantastic ribs, cooked by the best wife in all the land. We can deal with this issue
1. This is legal and finance committee meeting! This is not the correct venue to voice a personal opinion of any business not directly related to the business at hand. There is a place and time for everything, this is neither.
2. The Rapid City Journal among other things is a business. Unless the way they are conducting their business affects the scope and purpose of the committee, the board members should not be commenting on the number of employees, or the percentage of employees leaving or even the state of that business. The Rapid City Journal?s business is just that, business of the Rapid City Journal.
3. The Rapid City Journal is a private business. They own the presses; they buy the paper and the ink. They can print whatever they want to print; (so long as it isn?t libel) they can report on events however they want to report on events. If the reporting is shoddy, then that is their choice. If the reporting is excellent, great more power to them. If the members of this board have issue with the reporting, then they are more than welcome to start their own news organization.
4. Respect is a two way street. Calling people and businesses names is most disrespectful. I would like to think that as elected officials, the members of this board would rise above petty school yard name calling and call people and businesses by their proper names. There was a time I would call the Argus leader the Argus Liar; I have since seen the error in my ways and now address the company by it proper name.
5. Speaking of respect. If you are going to comment on a business, at a public meeting it would be considered a curiosity to notify that business that they will be the topic of discussion at the board meeting. This way they could address any concerns the board may have. Adding them as a last minute agenda item, then voicing a personal opinion of that company, is not only unprofessional and unethical it is also being a coward.
Deb Hadcock owes the Rapid City Journal, the people of Rapid City, and the public in general a public apology. However, because she lost her voice and her mind at the same time, we shouldn?t look forward to an apology anytime soon.