Sunday, June 19, 2005
Metro Pulse has been a good newspaper for many years but recently has made a decision to adjust their format. According to Publisher Brian Conley, “We're making a bit of an effort to appeal to a younger audience, which is something we felt Metro Pulse needed. Still, the front of the paper is populated by Joe Sullivan, Frank Cagle, Jack Neely, Barry Henderson and Matt Edens, quite a heady - and experienced - group.”
In the cover story of this week’s Metro Pulse Molly Kincaid and Ellen Mallernee feature the article “Pressing Against the Glass, Two Knoxville party girls peer into Nashville’s nightlife”. Excerpts from the article include, “On the way to Nashville, the sky’s filled with gorgeous, cotton-candy clouds in Rorschach shapes. We stop only once, at a gas station in Cookeville, where we make what will be the most important discovery of the trip: a sleeve of coconut scented rolling papers. We’ll need them later.” Most parents will not find the humor in that but it gets worse. “By this time, we’d employed former Metro Pulse intern, Kevin, as our chauffeur. What are interns for anyway? Turns out, Kevin takes the term “designated driver” relatively lightly, but we’re in no position to be picky.” Unfortunately there is more, "We make like a Snoop video and perch on the arms of one of those big rapper-style armchairs, offering Kevin the throne. He feels like a pimp. Until I fall off the chair, alighting right square on my tail. I save my drink, if very little face.Our chances of fitting in at the Bound’ry go from slim to zilch thanks to my careening off the chair, and we make for the exit after gulping the dregs of our drinks."
Was this cover story responsible journalism? Is the new concept at Metro Pulse to glorify public intoxication, getting high, and drinking and driving? There has to be other and better ways to reach the younger audience. Metro Pulse started as a publication promoting local music events. Over many years it became Knoxville’s second newspaper and was well respected. There is another furor over this article concerning the Publisher of the Metro Pulse that you can read in Michael Silence’s blog or over at SKB’s blog.
If you have a teenage driver in your family take some time to talk with them about ways they can handle social situations where other friends are not using common sense. The advertising geared to the 18 to 35 year market says buy a case of Bud Light, drive this really cool SUV, and invite your friends out to party. Even though your teenager may abstain or act responsibly it is a team effort. It only takes one person to cause an accident. Explain to your teenager how they can be a good friend. Sometimes it only takes one person with common sense to defuse a situation about to go bad.
That article is a disgace. Tell MP's advertisers to look elsewhere.
Yes Dottie, sadly it does change every day.
I'll not read it again (heavens, I'll miss Jack Neely), and for sure I won't buy from their advertisers. This is a disgrace, and Conley should be totally ashamed of himself for pandering this way. It's irresponsible.
3 teenagers have died in Farragut in 8 months. One from being a passenger riding with a drunk driver.
That article was an insult. The new Metro Pulse is out today and there was no apology. I will miss Jack Neely also.