Stop the presses (the few that are left working as the newspaper industry – specifically the C-J – dies a hard, cold death in these techie times)!
The Courier-Journal’s John Mura just sent the most hilarious email:
Name: John Mura
Subject: courier-journal front page in your header
Message: Jake, please remove the header photo that has the
Courier-Journal honor box with our front page from your rotation. I
think folks could get confused about whose opinions are being
offered. Thanks, John
You read it correctly. The Courier-Journal is demanding that I stop using an image that features a photograph of the paper. An image (they’ll have to be more specific, as I have over 25,000 header images in circulation on various websites) taken in a public space on public property.
Does this mean they’ll be making the same demands the thousands of other websites that have featured the Courier-Journal’s likeness?
Like I told Mura, “No wonder the Courier-Journal and Gannett are falling apart. You think your readership is too ignorant to, you know, recognize they’re not visiting the Courier-Journal’s atrocious website.”
I couldn’t buy this sort of controversy and free publicity!
Thanks for the validation, Bennie & Keith.
Maybe the Courier-Journal should never again mention my name or websites I own without my permission? I fear readers may get the false impression that the paper’s reporters might have actually spoken with me when they promote me and my websites in their stories.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE:
Actually, no, I won’t be removing the header images unless Gannett and the Courier-Journal sue me – giving me tons of extra publicity.
Why won’t I?
Because my websites feature nearly every news publication, station, outlet and forum in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Greater Louisville Area.
I will, however, photoshop the offending images to make it clear how terrible I think the the once great Courier-Journal happens to be.
HOPEFULLY LAST UPDATE:
Mura just sent me a screenshot of the offending image:
THE OFFENDING IMAGE
Unfortunately, I won’t have time for a week or so to spend the hours it will take to locate the image. A photograph taken in a public space on a public sidewalk, no less. But when I locate it, I’ll photoshop it to include some hilarious mockery.