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The scene: Spring 2012 in Rayne, Louisiana, population 8000 or so. Kade Seibold, reporter for the Rayne Independent, apparently isn’t having any luck with persuading the softball coach to cough up some stats. Finally, with a deadline in view:

Clipping from Rayne Independent: Hailey Habetz had a great year on the mound but unfortunately no stats were available due to the coach's bullshit and laziness

Seibold, inevitably, was sacked. But here’s the real punchline:

The real beaut, however, comes from one of the other two staffers who looked over the story before it went to press: “I’m not really interested in sports and didn’t read the whole thing.”

I bet he was interested in the annual Frog Festival.

(From Bad Newspaper via Miss Cellania.)


  1. Brett »

    5 July 2017 · 9:45 pm

    One would hope at least that editor, if not both, were sacked as well. I know I would have been.

  2. Bruce H. »

    5 July 2017 · 11:36 pm

    Layers and layers of fact checkers and editors.

  3. fillyjonk »

    6 July 2017 · 9:01 am

    I’ve seen similar statements to that last one in scientific papers (about poor record-keeping on the part of co-PIs or people in another lab), but phrased far more diplomatically. Still, I know how to read between the lines.

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