Another net

So I posted Mr. Quast’s photos of net he found on the website yesterday. It was full of fish in various states of decompostion, some still fresh, indicating that the net had been snagging fish for the weeks it was lost.

So there it is.

It’s an interesting time to be in journalism. This net and the pictures are the talk of the Internet walleye chatrooms, so if we don’t post it, it’s like we’re pretending it doesn’t exist. On the other hand, posting it may indicate some sort of position on the issue to some of our readers.

News organizations with their standards of accuracy, fairness, balance and some measure of objectivity are in direct competition with blogs and websites and chatrooms that are all about the controversy, the sensationalism, the knock-down drag-out fights.

Who’s winning? Well, newspapers are going bankrupt, firing staff, downsizing left and right. We’ll need to adapt somehow, perhaps by adopting some of the attitude, some of the controversy of the Web while holding on to our standards.

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9 thoughts on “Another net

  1. Brett, This is the same net that was reported last week. Your posting on 5/26 makes it look like it’s a newly found net. Not so, it was “found” last week 5/20.Do a google search of the guy that supposedly “found” the net. You will find that the story was published by the Brainerd Dispatch several days ago. You’ll also notice that the gentleman claims that he found the net by getting it caught on his prop on Myr Mar reef on 5/20. I wonder how none of the thousands of fisherman that fished from the opener until 5/20 found that net with their props, seeing as it “must have been” within inches of the surface. Nor did the conservation officers that looked for hundreds of hours prior to this date.As for some of the fish being fresh, who gave you this info? The fisherman? Dig a little deeper and google his name and look for his comments on the MN Outdoor News site. http://www.minnesotaoutdoornews.com/articles/2008/05/01/top_news/news03.txtNot exactly an impartial fisherman.

  2. Brett, This is the same net that was reported last week. Your posting on 5/26 makes it look like it’s a newly found net. Not so, it was “found” last week 5/20.Do a google search of the guy that supposedly “found” the net. You will find that the story was published by the Brainerd Dispatch several days ago. You’ll also notice that the gentleman claims that he found the net by getting it caught on his prop on Myr Mar reef on 5/20. I wonder how none of the thousands of fisherman that fished from the opener until 5/20 found that net with their props, seeing as it “must have been” within inches of the surface. Nor did the conservation officers that looked for hundreds of hours prior to this date.As for some of the fish being fresh, who gave you this info? The fisherman? Dig a little deeper and google his name and look for his comments on the MN Outdoor News site. http://www.minnesotaoutdoornews.com/articles/2008/05/01/top_news/news03.txtNot exactly an impartial fisherman.

  3. You are both cracked. These are two different net incidents and your bias towards the indians shows through and through here and in the messenger. Too bad you don’t print the same articles as online.

  4. You are both cracked. These are two different net incidents and your bias towards the indians shows through and through here and in the messenger. Too bad you don’t print the same articles as online.

  5. Thanks anonymous. We’ll try to sort it out this week. Keep in mind that our story in Wednesday’s paper was written last Friday because of our early Memorial Day deadline. Are you an “impartial fisherman”?John, I may be “cracked,” but from what I was told, these aren’t separate incidents. Not sure what you mean be “bias toward the Indians.” “The Indians” have many varied positions on this and other topics, just like “the whites.”My bias is toward the law of the land, which allows gillnetting and angling on Mille Lacs Lake.And please don’t accuse me of somehow censoring what’s in the paper, as opposed to what’s online. They’re two different media — one’s daily, one’s weekly — and decisions are made differently. I don’t back down from printing a story — online or on paper. If you think I do, you don’t know me or the Messenger very well.

  6. Thanks anonymous. We’ll try to sort it out this week. Keep in mind that our story in Wednesday’s paper was written last Friday because of our early Memorial Day deadline. Are you an “impartial fisherman”?John, I may be “cracked,” but from what I was told, these aren’t separate incidents. Not sure what you mean be “bias toward the Indians.” “The Indians” have many varied positions on this and other topics, just like “the whites.”My bias is toward the law of the land, which allows gillnetting and angling on Mille Lacs Lake.And please don’t accuse me of somehow censoring what’s in the paper, as opposed to what’s online. They’re two different media — one’s daily, one’s weekly — and decisions are made differently. I don’t back down from printing a story — online or on paper. If you think I do, you don’t know me or the Messenger very well.

  7. I've followed the messenger closely this spring. Your bias shows through quite loudly. The facts are clearly out there, anyone could find them if I can. The truth is, the messenger has printed false information to this point and doesn't want egg on it's face. The nets don't pile up on the bottom of the lake & multiple nets have been found floating. The stewards of this great land are far from it. While some treaty may give them the right to gather, doesn't make it right to use gill nets!! Anyone can see the GLIFWC doesn't have the interest of the lake at heart. They are only about taking all they can.

  8. I’ve followed the messenger closely this spring. Your bias shows through quite loudly. The facts are clearly out there, anyone could find them if I can. The truth is, the messenger has printed false information to this point and doesn’t want egg on it’s face. The nets don’t pile up on the bottom of the lake & multiple nets have been found floating. The stewards of this great land are far from it. While some treaty may give them the right to gather, doesn’t make it right to use gill nets!! Anyone can see the GLIFWC doesn’t have the interest of the lake at heart. They are only about taking all they can.

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