I am writing in to give the most enthusiastic plea for Shannon Bohle and quite frankly the editor who approved the snarky, distasteful, photo and caption of a young girl attending the tea party with her family the thorn of the week.
The tea party was to try to get younger people engaged, as those who are already engaged are aging out. So your reporterdid quite the opposite by implying that for the younger generation “it’s not her ‘cup of tea.’” How clever.
There were so many other aspects that could have been highlighted from the gathering.
What was Shannon’s point with this? What was the editor’s point with allowing it? Did Shannon ask the girl what she thought of the event or any of her actual opinions? This is a rhetorical question; I already know the answer.
There are many more reasons I give as to why this was just wrong, took away from the good of the event, was a blatant attempt at shaming a young person, involved zero journalism, and literally put into quotation marks around an opinion. What a disgusting shame all around on anyone who had any part in this. I can assure you that anyone with a child was not impressed.
Technology is here to stay. Whether you agree that someone used it at the most appropriate time or not is not for your opinion. She certainly didn’t report that the girl interrupted or in any way disrespected the event by taking a picture and then editing it.