At his Readers' Corner blog, Ted Vaden self-describes as “the N&O public editor, [who] serves as the readers' advocate within the paper.”
For years Vaden's print column has appeared Sunday on the editorial page of what many regard as one of the liberal/leftist McClatchy Company's most partisan newspapers.
But this Sunday, Nov. 16, there was no Vaden column there and no announcement saying when or whether he'd be back.
I called the N&O twice today to ask about Vaden.
After a few minutes on hold, the polite N&O staffer told me Vaden hadn’t run.
The person said he didn’t know.
“What about an announcement in the paper about Vaden’s return? Something like: 'Ted Vaden’s column will appear again next Sunday?’”
The person said he couldn’t be sure about Vaden's status.
Mind you, the person wasn’t saying Vaden wouldn’t return; just that “a lot of things are changing here now and we don’t always know about them.”
I thanked the person and wished him well.
A few hours later I called the N&O again.
I got a different person this time who knew Vaden hadn’t run but couldn’t say why not. The person hadn’t seen Vaden “in weeks. I’m not sure what his status is. Why don’t you call him and leave a voice mail if you don’t get him.”
I called Vaden at the number listed on the N&O’s editorial page masthead: (919) 836 – 5700.
I got a recorded message with Vaden saying he’d be out of the office from Oct. 7th through Oct. 17th , returning on the 18th. (The dates I cite have been fact-checked as of 8:10 PM ET. - - JinC)
Vaden also provided a number for callers who had “circulation problems.”
There is a lot of "background" talk going around now about various people, positions, policies and practices at the N&O. Some of it concerns Vaden. Just about all of it is tagged with "don't use my name."