Morning Belz, May 4
Ran across something as I’ve been working on my video from the shooting range.
Ron Dickson, the gun show owner who gave me an earful a few months ago, most likely felt hard done by a columnist at the Louisville Courier-Journal. The columnist snapped a few photos in 2018 of Nazi Christmas ornaments, clothing, and a Klan robe that were for sale at Dickson’s show, National Gun Day. This controversy, it seems, has characterized the relationship between the local press and National Gun Day ever since.
The column says Dickson didn’t return an email seeking comment. I don’t know why Dickson didn’t come out and explain that he isn’t a Nazi and the stuff for sale was historical, but he didn’t, so he ended up looking pretty bad. Not sure why that’s a journalist’s fault, but I guess you could argue the column comes off a little superficial and opportunistic.
Anyway, usually behind any virulent anti-journalist sentiment is a story like this. I emailed Dickson to ask if this was why he read me the riot act, but he didn’t respond.
News aggregators: maybe not so bad for publishers — NBER
Ibram Kendi launching a podcast — Deadline
Contemporary China is not at all like imperial Japan — Noah Smith
Captured, tortured and cleared, but still in Gitmo — Daily Beast
Kashkari, Page still pushing quality ed as a civil right — Strib
Atlanta’s property tax relief program around the Beltline — Next City
Why work from home will stick (partially) — NBER
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