Here’s a question I have been thinking about a lot: for people who’ve never heard of Kitsap County, is this kind of publicity a good thing?
According to bloggers at “Inside Europe: Iberian Notes,” I’d say that answer is a no.
“Kitsap County, Washington, is apparently the redneckiest place in God’s whole U. S. of A.,” they declared recently.
But wait — there’s more:
“The local rag, the Kitsap Sun, gleefully chronicles the doings of the county’s sobriety-challenged lumpenproletariat.” And the entry goes on to link to many of our Code 911 stories from there.
As we continue covering the so-called “sobriety-challenged,” I have to wonder: are we writing about events that happen in every county, or have these past few months qualified outsiders to refer to us as the “redneckiest?”
I tend to think we’re delivering what readers want: stories from around town, as observed by police. Other newspapers could be covering the same types of stories — and there are some undoubtedly out there — but choose not to because they deem “police blotter” beneath them, or not a priority to fit into the day’s decreasingly-sized dailies.
What’s your take? Are we the “redneckiest?” Or do we simply bring to the page odd news from the police beat?