The Lake County Sentinel stands by the story and the writer who reported that Jim Tressel was at Akron Opinion by Timothy W. Shirer The Lake County Sentinel has received a lot of flack over the past few days, after we reported that that former Ohio State Buckeye's coach Jim Tressel attended a University of Akron basketball game and was going to speak with Akron about the football head coaching position.
We have received much criticism after the UA and Tressel both denied the rumor. Well one of the things I can say about people denying rumors, Bill Clinton denied that he had "sexual relations with that woman." And that turned out that he had. Only last week Urban Meyer denied that he had even spoken with Ohio State about their head coaching position, days later he was their coach. The same is going to happen here. It has already been reported by other sources that Tressel was indeed at the UA basketball game last weekend. It is also going to come out eventually that they did talk to Tressel about the job.
The Sentinel and our very talented young reporter Justin Lada, NEVER said that Tressel would be hired. Yes, maybe the headline was misleading, that's on me, not Justin. Was it misleading, maybe, but not wrong. It is a common practice in journalism to make headlines that are eye catching. Any news organization, print or online cannot tell you that they use the same practice when they produce headlines for stories. If they tell you that they don't, they are lying. Look at any of the major online news services and you will find out that spectacular headlines are the norm.
Some of the attacks on Justin and The Sentinel were just childish and TMZ like. Such as the attack by Bob Dyer (I had never heard of him either) from the Akron Beacon Journal. Dyer e-mailed Justin and Justin being an honest person he is, e-mailed Dyer back. Dyer used the e-mail in his column the next day, cheap and pathetic journalism in my opinion. When I spoke with Dyer, he felt what he did was ok, you be the judge of his actions.
Justin, did not deserve the attack by Dyer. It is my opinion after thinking about this whole situation that there is much more to this than people know right now. Justin was fired from his part time and low paying job at the University of Akron because of his article. They said that the fact he wrote an article for The Sentinel about the University of Akron when he worked for them was a conflict of interest. They had no problem with him writing about the University when he wrote the following column on November 17, 2011 - Only in Akron Soccer are ridiculous expectations possible. A link to this article was posted on several Akron websites, but no problem there. When it's positive you want it out there, but when there might be something a little shady going on, you don't want it out there. This is the flimsy excuse that Gregg Bach, Justin’s former boss gave him more than two days after the article was published, “We don’t feel comfortable with you working here anymore”. My thought is that someone told Bach to fire Justin, because the link was originally placed on the University of Akron’s website (gozips.com) more than 24 hours before Justin was fired. We have tracking statistics that show where the hits on our website come from and there is proof that thousands of hits on our website came via the University of Akron’s website. Someone had to have read the article before it was placed on their website, right? I think there is definitely more to it. I think UA is using Justin as a scapegoat because he found out something that they did not want out there at that time, because maybe they did something that was not exactly on the level. This is just my opinion. But it all seems kind of odd to me that the University of Akron seems to be using the local Akron paper as a shield and that paper is going right along with it. Hmm I also wonder how much advertising money the University of Akron spends advertising in this unnamed media outlet.
The Sentinel is a not a huge media outlet so other media outlets who are larger and have large amounts of money behind them feel that they can smear The Sentinel by saying that we are not being truthful. DON'T BELIEVE THAT FOR ONE SECOND. The Sentinel is just as reliable and truthful as they are, maybe even more in a lot of cases.
We reported on October 29, 2011 that Grady Sizemore's option for 2012 would be declined by the Cleveland Indians and that he would be re-signed by the Indians to an incentive laced deal. We got that from a source inside the Indians organization (very similar to the UA source) and what happened? EXACTLY WHAT WE SAID would happen. Sizemore's option was declined only days later and then amazingly Sizemore was re-signed to a new incentive laced deal. Who wrote that story for the Sentinel? You guessed it, Justin Lada. The same writer that certain columnists have come down on this week, unjustly. These people do not know all of the facts or they know the facts and are not admitting it because someone above them asked them not too. It is one of those two reasons why they are trying to make Justin look bad. Well they will end up looking bad in the end. There is more to this story and in the days, weeks and month coming up it will come out.
Justin Lada will work for the Lake County Sentinel as long as he wants to work for The Sentinel. I fear that will end someday because he is a very good reporter and will go on to bigger things. But a certain columnist will still work at certain newspaper writing bitter column after bitter column. firstname.lastname@example.org POSTED 12/02/2011 20:57