Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  Credit where credit is due: KREM

Roughly once a year the local PAID media manage to turn out a piece of real journalism. KREM did a fine piece yesterday.......

Step 1 for real journalism: Observe a problem.
We have been posting updates on our Facebook page about the snow and we have noticed a trend in some of those comments. Many of you said Monday that Spokane is falling down on the job when it comes to plowing – and that other places where you have lived or visited do it better.
Step 2: Ask people who know.
So we called eight cities that are similar in size to Spokane and have snow each year. We wanted to know how their snow removal process compared to ours here in Spokane. About half of them got back to us and here is what we learned.
Step 3: Constants and variables.
All of this comes back to how long it takes for a full city plow. Two of the cities said it takes about 24 hours, while another city said they can get it done in about nine hours.

In comparison, Spokane’s full city plow takes four days – much longer than the cities we spoke with Monday.
The author figured out which variables were too sloppy to compare and found the one that matters most.

Ordinary people can spot a problem and analyze results, but only paid media have the BULLY POWER to ask questions and expect answers from officials. They rarely use this BULLY POWER correctly.

I only have one thing to add.

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