How Not To Submit A News Story

An anonymous source submitted a private email between DJ Grothe and Ophelia Benson today. It starts off like this:

Submission: From: D.J. Grothe
Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Subject: Re: FW: TAM and your safety
To: Ophelia Benson
Cc: Carrie Poppy

Hi Ophelia, thank you for looping me in on this right away. I hate that responses to your criticisms and concerns have been so negative coming from some quarters.

Can you see what makes this submission so scandalous? Here it is, highlighted:

Submission: From: D.J. Grothe
Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Subject: Re: FW: TAM and your safety

JUNE 19? Why would anyone think this reporter would be even SLIGHTLY interested in that? That happened before SkepDirt’s first day of publication, a day SkepDirt refers to around the office as the start of SDE (SkepDirt Era)!

SkepDirt prides itself on presenting TIMELY idiocy, not this stale garbage. Do not waste this reporter’s time like this again!

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5 Responses to How Not To Submit A News Story

  1. Anonymous says:

    You have a copy of the email that Ophelia dismissed as “kthnxbye”?

    • Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous

      That IS the email she was referring to.

    • skepdigger says:

      Hi Anonymous! Thanks for reading SkepDirt! Are you referring to what Ophelia said at http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2012/06/im-out/comment-page-1/#comment-198898 ? Perhaps; only Ophelia can verify that. This reporter will Tweet her to verify.

  2. skepdigger says:

    Ophelia denies that it is the “kthxbye” email:

    SD: Ophelia, can you confirm/deny that the email from DJ you characterized as “kthxbye” was this email?
    OB: No it is not.
    OB: And I didn’t say that one was from DJ, and it wasn’t. I explained that later.

  3. skepdigger says:

    The rest of the discussion went oddly. Ms. Benson asked a question right after this reporter had answered it. It is reproduced here.

    SD: Thank you. This tweeter considers it ancient, boring history, but SkepDirt readers wanted to know.
    OB: If it’s ancient boring hist why post about it?
    SD: Because SkepDirt readers wanted to know!

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