(Another in a post series highlighting Durham Herald Sun Editor Bob Ashley’s work. The series seeks to help you answer the question: Is Ashley the worst newspaper editor in America or does he just seem that way?)
Bob ("Paxton Owner Man") Ashley edits the H-S on both the news and editorial sides.
What's more, Ashley's one of those editors who thinks it's not enough for him to give you his opinions seven days a week in editorials, and let's admit it, often in the news columns.
Every Sunday Ashley publishes - yup - a Bob Ashley column complete with a picture of himself.
It's the kind of picture the leads readers who meet Ashley to later say to friends: "He's a much older man than I thought, and he needed his hair trimmed."
Anyway, last Friday, a massive civil rights suit was filed by attorneys for the three former Duke students who now even Duke's President, Richard ("Whatever they did was bad enough.") Brodhead, agrees were framed by some Durham officials and certain Durham Police officers and their superviisors.
Since Friday the suit filing has been "front-page" national news.
So what was Bob Ashley's column about this Sunday?
The suit? No, the comics!
I'm not kidding.
Ashley's Sunday Oct. 7 column began:
You may have noticed some unusual developments on the comics pages lately.Now, folks, we all know how important comics are to many newspaper readers. The comics and the crossword puzzle are the first newspaper places my wife turns to.
Two popular, long-time strips have been blazing new trails.
But for the editor of Durham's only daily newspaper to use his Sunday column to discuss the comics just two days after his city, the former DA and top police officials were hit with a lawsuit that many legal experts say will uncover criminal activity is ... well, it's the sort of thing Bob Ashley does.
That's why many people believe he the worst newspaper editor in America.
Ashely ended his comic column with:
Let me know what you think of these long-running strips' new focus and direction.You bet, Bob.
Ashley's entire comic column is here.