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    johnny wurster, Black Max

    ...like it was written by a 10th grade writing student.

    Her landlord says she is doing what she can to help out. In the meantime, because the January rent was not paid, she says she will be evicting the tenants.
    Huh? What the hell is actually going on here? Can the reporter actually do the barest bit of diligence? Would it not be a natural question to ask the landlord "Isn't the renter legally entitled to withhold rent in cases like this? Under what theory of law are you evicting the tenants?"

    The answer to this question and whatever fact pattern it represents is perhaps the most interesting part of this story, and the one the reporter seems least interested in pursuing.

    It's cold, I get it. The landlord should fix the heat, I get that too. But is this story just a human interest story about the conflict between the landlords and the tenants? Also, shouldn't the landlord technically have to shell out for a motel room or something until the heat is fixed?

    Is it too much to ask for a little legwork and legal analysis from the reporter? "Joan Smith, a respected tenancy lawyer, noted when asked about this story that..."

    Maybe the Internet has driven down newspaper salaries so far that WECT, in Leland, NC, cannot hire competent reporters.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
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    by Sparhawk on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:15:53 PM PST

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