Both the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh’s News & Observer ran a large featured article this morning titled – Fowler’s exit from NC State linked to emails.
There is SO MUCH here that I don’t have time to start before heading to church! But, we just had to link it and get the conversation started. (Actually…true to to form…our message boards serve to be a great place for ‘real time’ discussion as the topic of this blog entry has already been launched on the boards in this thread).
Where to begin? How about the friggin headline – it is awful. Absolutely awful. Fowler’s exit from NC State linked to emails?! Really? Is there anyone in the world outside of a half-witted headline writer barely keeping their job at a failing newspaper company that thinks that Lee Fowler’s firing was ‘linked’ to emails?
Lee Fowler was ultimately ousted for awful job performance. Not because people emailed. People emailed because of the awful performance. I would call this “Level One” thinking if it ascended to the most basic of correlations. But, it is more like “half a level” of thinking.
For further evidence of the depth of inaccuracy this headline represents, consider the fact that part of the premise of the article was to show how Lee Fowler was ousted before Randy Woodson’s tenure began. Then the article pulls a bunch of emails that were written after Woodson’s start date? How in God’s name could emails that were sent AFTER the decision to fire Fowler be linked to the firing of Fowler? Only in the world of ‘mainstream media’.
As one of our community members stated, “If the fans had the power to fire Fowler, he would have been gone long ago, and he would not have been given a contract extension that we are now paying off until 2013.”
There is a treasure trove of items to attack and discuss in this piece, and these comments are off to a fantastic start. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts.