Posted by: smirkdirk | August 2, 2009

A Good Day For The Sunday Charlotte Observer

As the future of the local newspaper seems not just to be in question, but rather, way past that point – picture the local newspaper as the Titanic, and its various reporters and editors floating about in life-rafts in the middle of a dark ocean wondering not when rescue is coming, but rather if it is coming at all – I can’t help but to be saddened when I read stories like the two that follow.

One story is on the national radar, but still, the footwork and time that the reporters took to put it together is obvious and admirable. The writing is thoughtful, cogent, and informative. It concerns this guy:

Daniel Boyd is accused by the FBI of being a Muslim terrorist, and yet, the local paper(s) managed to capture the various aspects of his life in such a way that central to the story is the mystery of how a Muslim, living amongst Bible-toting, conservative Christians in the midst of the Bible-belt has managed to garner so much goodwill from his neighbors. Read it here. (Of course, none of that changes the fact that FBI agents found – count ’em – 27,000 rounds of ammo at his home.)

The second story is purely a local story. In rural Caldwell county north of Charlotte, 6 officers have been shot responding to various calls in the last 11 months. Our tireless, local reporter, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., rides along with even more tireless and downright heroic Officer Mark Isaacs on his night patrol of 100 square miles of country roads and woods with no streetlights. Wootsen manages to capture the dark tension, eerie solitude, and dangerous nature of what the Caldwell Officers are faced with on a nightly basis. Read the article here.

Cpl. Mark Isaacs of the Caldwell Sheriff’s Office listens to a passenger during a traffic stop.

There are things that local television and local radio just cannot, or more to the point, will not do. These two mediums, on a local level at least, are about car wrecks and the weather. They are not known for their thoughtful or poignant reporting.The question remains, if local newspapers in fact to go belly up, who will do the local stories? Who will go in depth? Ultimately, who will care?



  1. Family, friends, neighbors, associates and acquaintances all testify to the upright character of these men, and especially the repeated news items witnessing the decent morals and manners of Daniel Boyd, for all those that are following this story in depth, and not sucked into the vortex of corporate sensationalism and the bogus indictments making mountains out of molehills.
    This Daniel Boyd case is a false flag operation take away US citizen rights guaranteed by the bill of rights about freedom of speech and gun ownership etc etc and to scare people –big time.

    Remember when the “Reagan Doctrine,” and sacrifice against the “Evil Empire” of International Communism, was patriotic?
    Reagan said introducing leaders of the Afghan Mujahedeen (from the word Jihad) to media on the White House lawns (1985): “These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.”
    Daniel Patrick Boyd (aka; Saifullah) of NC was a teenager when he was in Afghanistan, a valiant soul who sacrificed himself in the US backed proxy war.
    And yet now he is in prison in Virginia and the FBI calls those 1980’s and 90’s camps as “terrorist camps”.
    If they were, then they were US supported “terrorist camps”. [I guess along the lines of the Fort Benning Georgia based ‘School of the Americas’!!!]
    And note that Erik Prince of Blackwater (Xe) has been charged with the fact that he [to quote]: “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
    This is explosive to say the least, and it is being reported in the world news, but not here widely? Why is this being buried from in the main news in the USA???????!!!!!!!!

    For an interesting comparison between Daniel Boyd and Blackwater’s Erik Prince, see this title of an article:
    Q: What’s the difference between Daniel Boyd and Blackwater’s Erik Prince?

    A: Prince worked on behalf of the U.S. government. Boyd is in jail.

    On Erik Prince:
    The accusations against Blackwater/Xe are stunning: fraud, multiple murders, child prostitution, executive sex rings, steroids, “hate” kills, weapons smuggling, etcA “MUST HEAR”, see Olbermann’s comments on Blackwater a

    A “MUST READ”, Jeremy Scahill’s account, US Still Paying Blackwater Millions, in The Nation:

    This case against Boyd is a “false flag” operation against innocent men who have strong religious views to take away US citizen rights guaranteed by the bill of rights about freedom of speech and gun ownership etc etc and to scare people –big time!
    Don’t be fooled! Know your constitutional rights!
    Search, Seek, Reflect, the truth will set you free….

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