Best Continuing Reason to Mock the AJC 

Some things don't change, and there is no better proof than the continued joke that is PUBLIC (relations) EDITOR MIKE KING. Apparently, during the week, he fields readers' calls and tracks corrections but is mostly busy with "representing readers and their expectations of accuracy and fairness in daily conversations" with journalists. Most reporters we've talked to have never actually seen King, but that's another issue. What bothers us most is that King's weekly columns are hardly ever critical of that paper's coverage -- the hallmark of a true ombudsman -- but instead are thinly veiled press releases that tell us just how conscientious everyone over there on Marietta Street is. They may indeed be conscientious, but the best way to convince readers that journalists take their jobs seriously is if a newspaper turns an unflinching eye on itself and its shortcomings. In all fairness, we must admit that a few King columns of late have started doing just that. We hope this isn't a change of philosophy, because he wouldn't be half as much fun to mock anymore.


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