Doug Turnbull in the AM750 and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB Traffic Center reportedBold is theirs. Not mine. That's exactly how it appears on the AJC website.
I did a little follow up on this new curiosity.
According to the AJC's Public Editor, the tag line is the "descriptor" used to identify the partner station. I don't believe Shawn McIntosh understood my point that someone somewhere consciously made the decision to start including a marketing tool in every staff report. Also, playing it off as akin to following the AP style book is frankly a little weird.
I also contacted a former reporter for his opinion. His thoughts were that it probably did not cross an ethical line but it is "amateurish" and "shilly". He also pointed out it has gone on far longer than I knew.
Here is a February 2011 report on a DUI suspect slamming a police officer head on,
"It appeared as though he was making a left-hand turn when in fact he was making a U-turn, going about 15 miles per hour, and collided head-on with one of our officers," Duncan told AM 750 and now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB.My question for my journalist readers; am I making a big deal out of nothing or does this bother you?
If you still work up Perimeter way, feel free to comment anonymously.