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Monday, July 27, 2009

Top story on ajc.com? Man-dog lovin'

OK, let's say you're the editor of a big-city daily newspaper and you're trying to bridge the difficult gap between the serious, hard-nosed reportage of traditional print journalism and the more free-wheeling, quirky infotainment that appeals to the Internet generation. Seems reasonable that you might take note of what type of articles people are reading online.

So, what's the most popular story on ajc.com right now? That would be "Jonesboro man accused of having sex with dog." Lovely.

According to the story:

Edwin Robles, 53, faces a felony bestiality charge, according to police. He was booked into the Clayton County jail in the early morning hours Friday, and was released around 9:30 p.m., according to jail records.

The story is quite short and, frankly, raises more questions than it answers. Among them:

  • Was it a female dog? The dog was named "Chain," which, besides being a name not typically given to animate objects, is fairly non-gender-specific.
  • The dog apparently wasn't around when Clayton police raided Robles' home. So, how did they determine he'd been schtupping his dog? Was there video? Did the dog keep a diary?
  • Does Clayton really need any more bad press? What's next — revelations that officials spent the county's federal stimulus money on weed, wings and YooHoo? Don't laugh; it could happen.

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