Viceland’s The Devil You Know, Episode 1

Here’s a much-delayed review of Viceland’s The Devil You Know, Episode 1. It’s bullshit; well-crafted, hipster, true-crime bullshit. But, The Devil You Know entertains as it spins Pazuzu Algrad into a Charles Manson, complete with groupies. The truth is that Pazuzu Algrad was a severely mentally ill drug addict who rarely left his mother’s house. The Devil You Know took geographical license; blending images of Clemmons, Downtown Winston, East Winston and elsewhere into a concocted location that looks like everywhere else.

Coverage Of Julius Sampson’s Murder Raises The Question: When Should The Media Use The Term Racism?

Tuesday’s fatal shooting at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, outside of Hanes Mall, was a senseless act of violence. Because a young white man pulled a trigger, three children are without their father and a wife without her husband. In the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, the shooting on Hanes Mall Circle reinforces what we already knew; gun possession leads to gun violence. No space in our nation is safe until gun control laws are passed. The Journal reported that nearly 150 people gathered in the parking lot of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse yesterday to remember Julius “Juice” Sampson, a beloved member of the community.

Being Brown, Black And Or Working Class In Downtown Winston Isn’t A Crime

Last Friday the Winston-Salem Journal published an article that was somewhat of a hit-piece aimed squarely at patrons of the downtown bus station. To be fair, Wesley Young’s piece wasn’t nearly as bad as its print title, “Artist’s vision turns ugly: Decorated downtown wall is scene of problem behaviors; city looks for solutions.” It’s not often that the business class lets the rest of the city know what they really think. Last Friday’s front page article on undesirable behavior supposedly occurring at or near Mr. Imagination’s 55 foot, Memory Wall of Love and Peace was one of those rare moments of transparency. “I get calls about people feeling uncomfortable when they walk by,” Jason Theil of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership was quoted as saying.

Chronicle Is Publishing Forsyth County Press Releases Without Revealing That They’re Written By Forsyth County

Todd Luck worked as a journalist for The Chronicle for several years. I crossed paths with Luck on a couple of occasions at community events and local government meetings. According to his public LinkedIn page, Luck began working for The Chronicle in 2005. Search for Todd Luck on The Chronicle’s website, and you will find 88 pages of content going back to August 2012. The last article credited to Todd Luck was published in November of last year.

The Journal Gets Kernersville’s Library Wrong

It rained the day that the new Kernersville Library opened less than a week before Christmas. That might have been mother nature’s way of tempering expectations. But the Journal didn’t take the hint. The Kernersville library pales in comparison to the Central Library, but a recent Winston-Salem Journal editorial offers nothing but uncritical praise for a boring building that it took eight years to build, and is still missing some finishing pieces.*

Before I launch into the many deficiencies of the Kernersville Library, let me first report on what the Journal has failed to report. The Journal has neglected to inform its readers that the Kernersville Library opened without being entirely completed.

The Winston-Salem Chronicle Is A Black Newspaper

Forgive me for stating the obvious. Everyone in Winston knows that The Chronicle is a Black newspaper, and that’s a good thing-something that The Chronicle should be proud of. That’s something that they should embrace. So why doesn’t The Chronicle mention that basic fact in their newspaper or website masthead? The Chronicle’s print edition front page has a nice, bold look.

Remembering Dr. Tim Monroe

Monday, the Winston-Salem Journal published a front-page story on the retiring director of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. I’m not familiar with Marlon Hunter. His name was seldom in the paper. By contrast, Dr. Tim Monroe, Hunter’s predecessor, was a public figure who didn’t shy away from controversy. Wesley Young’s piece introducing Mr. Hunter to the Journal’s readers provides some insight into the differences between Marlon Hunter, and Tim Monroe approaches to running a public health department.

Warren Buffett Tacitly Admits Newspapers Are More Difficult To Produce Than Bottles Of Ketchup

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Media just announced a partnership with Lee Enterpises Inc.

The Oracle of Omaha, the billionaire that it’s okay to like-if you don’t look too closely, Warren Buffett knows how to cut deals. But clearly, he doesn’t know how to run newspapers. Buffett’s life work has been relentless acquisitions; transforming Berkshire Hathaway from a struggling textile company into a Wall Street mega-conglomeration of unrelated companies and stock portfolios. He’s great with numbers, corporate earnings reports, etc. But it turns out, he’s not very good with running newspapers.

Against Their Will: The Journal, News And Record Layoff Workers To Aid Buffets Bottom Line


Today is another sad day for local journalism in the Triad and beyond. The Winston-Salem Journal and Greensboro News & Record just laid off more workers, including journalists. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the parent corporation of the Journal, News & Record and many other small and medium-sized newspapers is cutting costs even as its publication’s page views are increasing. Warren Buffett is famous for playing the long game in stocks. But Buffett isn’t demonstrating the same patience with his newspapers.

The Camel City Dispatch: If Not Already Dead, Appears To Be Mortally Wounded

The Twin City Sentinal ended its run as an independent newspaper when it merged with the Journal in 1985. It’s hard to say exactly when the Camel City Dispatch died. Was it this year or the year before? But there is little doubt that CCD is dead. Camel City Dispatch is a local journalism project that came to Winston’s mobile devices, tablets, and PCs in 2012.