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Media Climate

Fly on the Wall's media coverage has been uniquely critical of Memphis' broadcast news outlets for a tendency to over-report sensational news with little followup or context to help viewers understand what the scary-sounding information may or may not mean for us.

So, it was an uncharacteristic surprise to catch three, whole, uninterrupted minutes of WMC meteorologist Nick Gunter explaining the fundamental (and non-political) difference between weather and climate.

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Dammit, Gannett

Tom Charlier, a 32-year veteran reporter for the Gannett-owned Commercial Appeal, left the paper last week, bringing the number of name-brand journalists to leave there to just about everybody.

Meanwhile, in Indiana, members of the Indianapolis News Guild published an open letter to the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star.

"We live here," the letter concludes. "Our children walk the school hallways here. We join our friends by volunteering at nonprofits. We lock arms with our neighbors as we seek to build this community. We carry The Star's values as we embed ourselves within our neighborhoods.

"So please understand: We want to be treated with basic respect."

Good luck with that.

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