Local bloggers have fun with New York Times job posting

Local bloggers have fun with New York Times job posting

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"We had fun with it. Tomorrow it will be something else," Michael Silence says. "We had fun with it. Tomorrow it will be something else," Michael Silence says.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Michael Silence is a blogger in his fourth year of his craft. If it's in the blogosphere, chances are, he's seen it.

Recently, Silence, who does a blog called "No Silence Here" for the Knoxville News Sentinel, and other bloggers, stumbled upon a job posting from the New York Times.

The job listing from this summer is for a stringer/researcher at the Times' Atlanta office.

Applicants are encouraged to submit resumes and story ideas, but the posting says specifically, "Please do not submit ideas concerning dog fights, cock fights or the Confederate flag."

Bloggers are having a field day with what many might consider an insult to Southerners.

Another News Sentinel blogger, Katie Allison Granju, wondered whether she should apply, posting, "I've got some GREAT ideas with a southern angle. Let's see, there's moonshine, incest, dental decay..."

And Silence's posting drew this comment posted on his blog. "And they say that stereotyping and prejudice is dead. Y'all git in the truck. I believe some folks up in NYC are overdue for a whuppin', Tennessee style. "

But this isn't the first time Knoxville bloggers have gone nuts over a New York Times article.

"Items like Knoxville being known as The Couch, a piece the New York Times had this summer. A bunch of us bloggers looked into it and couldn't find anyone who knew Knoxville was nicknamed The Couch," says Silence.

This time, Silence fired back on his own blog, jokingly posting a job listing for a New York correspondent.

"Please, no stories about pricks, rude waitresses, taxi cab drivers who don't understand English, corrupt cops, corrupt politicians, corrupt lawyers, corrupt nightclub owners, journalists who couldn't find the South on a map, highest taxes in the nation, arrogant people, $9 beer, rude drivers, inept UN or Northeasterns increasingly moving to the Southeast," Silence wrote.

"We had fun with it. Tomorrow it will be something else," Silence says.

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