10.12.2005

Messenger Front Page

OK, I have fun with the Messenger all the time, but I'll admit it's a good paper. I am, however, troubled by this week's front page. It has a photo of Allan Smith, former EDC director of Bridgeport, being arrested outside the district courtroom in Decatur. (I was in the courtroom at the time and those flashing bulbs got my attention). I'm not exactly sure how the Messenger knew there was a new warrant for his arrest or how they knew that Bridgeport PD would be in the courthouse to arrest him at the time of his court appearance, but the photo seems a little sensational. Then again, I'll admit I'm far more compassionate of those that make appearances in the criminal courtrooms in Decatur than the average guy.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

....it was a bit over the top, but consider that the Mess was discussing somebody from Bridgeport........

....stuff like what this guy is charged with should be front page news...

.....sickening..and scary!

wizard said...

Isn,t it strange how the MESS will sensationalize someone's criminal acts from another community while sparing the local "haves" the front page public embarrasment. (Ref. the relative of a prominent Decatur attorney whose relative stole money from a public educational operation)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm, stealing money and having sex with a 12 year old girl and hacing images of kids as young as 3 in sexual positions on the computer....um, i am thinking those two stories are just a tad different on the importance scale. i maybe wrong, though.

i think this sick child molester should be all over the front page of any paper. to go a step futher, the MESS needs to publish pictures of this guy being sexual assualted by guys in prison.

as for anon at 11:10, sorry, but these two caes are totally different, and just because you must live where adults have kiddie porn on their computer and assuslt kids, don't try to throw out out dumb argument about stealing. i'm not saying it's wrong, but it in no way, shape for form compares.

kuddos to our county paper for not only being there and staying informed, but for having the nerve to get in this guys face and take those pictures.

Anonymous said...

I read the story in the Mess... just what in the hell does "bifurcated" mean?

Anonymous said...

bifurcate (BY-fer-kate) verb-to divide into branches.


According to my dictionary.

I didn't know either.

I think they searched long and hard for that one.

Anonymous said...

By-Fer-Kate: Meaning as recently heard in Chico: I'm gonna buy fer Kate and divided what's left over.

Anonymous said...

Think it would have been front page news if it was a public official from Decatur?

Anonymous said...

its the lizard run

Anonymous said...

The first thing that came to my mind was the picture would not have been nearly full page if it had been a city official from Decatur!

The trial will be moved out of the county after getting all this press.

It is scarry that someone so trusted could be so sick!

Anonymous said...

where is my paintball gun when i need it? the WCM beat the dectur Tittle IV story into the ground and that was something small. so would they if it was a school official as perverted as this bridgeport resident? yes, he represented bridgeport, so live with it, deal with it and stop crying foul. just because every resident in your city isn't perfect. it's okay, things like this happen, don't get so bent out of shape and throw out the decatur card just to change the subeject. sure they would fry a decatur official if he were as dumb as yours was. last i checked the WCM is in the business to sell papers. duh.

Anonymous said...

11:42 No, you are wrong. It would be lost on the back page! Decatur wouldn't like hanging its dirty laundry out any more than Bridgeport!

Anonymous said...

the city doesn't run the county newspaper like you run your mouth.

no wonder you live on the side of the creek with the child molester. closed-minded and dumb individual to think a newspaper would hide the news.

guess we will never be able to compare if they would since it appears all the freaks and kiddie porn people are on the west side of the big sandy. you have proven that so well. you must be proud to live in bridgeport, and i can tell you fit right in with those fin citizens such as mr. allen.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU WCM FOR SHOWING THE SICK MAN ON YOUR PAPER! MY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HIM!

Anonymous said...

the big sandy football game mut be getting close