First thing Sunday morning I picked the U-B from the rack outside my door, opened it, read the headline at the top of the page, read the first two paragraphs and said, “That’s a bad headline.”
“Sheriff waylays deputy who plans to run against him.”
My wife came into the kitchen, picked up the paper lying on the table and said, “That’s a bad headline.”
So, you are batting zero for two in this household.
The story says a patrol sergeant has developed bad knees and has been given office duties for the past four months. Then he files paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission indicating he is seeking election to his boss’s job. The boss says, you can start using your sick leave.
That’s not being waylaid. To waylay means to attack from ambush. It was not an ambush. The sergeant could have seen it coming.
All Sheriff Turner was doing was playing by the rules, which the sergeant could have expected. Not putting the sergeant on sick leave could have opened the sheriff to charges of malfeasance in office, or at least not running the office with consideration for the taxpayers’ dollar.
Who is picking up the slack on patrol while the sergeant is in the office?
The story quotes the sergeant as saying, Turner “has put politics ahead of public safety.” No, the man running for office has put politics ahead of public safety. And the reporter and the editor let him get away with it.
It’s a bad headline. It shows bias.