Yesterday I held my tongue when, in a piece that referenced Flannery freaking O'Connor, Tom Baxter referred to Macon as "South Georgia."
Feel free to look at a state map on that one. There's a reason we call it Middle Georgia.
Then today, I see that Bill Shipp is reporting that Obama is getting some criticism for appearing "with (former Macon Mayor) Ellis in Macon on Sunday." Look at the site's right-hand scroll for that little tidbit of completely un-sourced information. And here is Shipp's full report on the issue, which makes no further mention of the alleged criticism.
Maybe Obama is getting criticism. But I'm the one sitting in Macon and I haven't heard any. Ellis has been working for the Obama campaign, knocking doors in South Carolina and such. But Obama no more appeared with Ellis Sunday at Harvest Cathedral than he appeared with current Mayor Robert Reichert or any of several other local dignitaries that were in the church.
Check out this video of Obama "appearing" with Ellis on Sunday:
Yes, that's Jack, getting snubbed when Obama ignores his out-stretched hand.
Shipp also reports that Ellis is now known as Hakim Mansour Ellis, which is incorrect. No one that I know actually calls him that, unless they're making fun of the fact that he converted to Islam last year.
Ellis said he planned to change his name, but never filed the paperwork. He's still Clarence Jack Ellis.
Look, it's always nice when the big boys of the Georgia press come to Macon, or at least focus on us. (I saw Baxter there on Sunday, but not Shipp.) But try to get its location right. And try to, you know, quote people in your reporting.
By the way, I found both these stories linked through the political insiders.