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Reporter slaps at John White

  ActionNews17.com is a Northshore news website that bills itself as "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana," and it's a good source for small-town news stories for areas around rural Tangipahoa Parish. But reporter Don Ellzey's story last week about Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White's appearance before the Tangipahoa Parish School Board got noticed far beyond Tangipahoa.

  "John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite," Ellzey wrote. He then added, "For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss." As for sartorial matters, Ellzey noted, "White arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about halfway unzipped."

  Letters to the editor soon followed, with one man pointing out that Ellzey needed to learn the difference between an editorial and a news story. But conservative political gadfly C.B. Forgotston, a frequent critic of White and Gov. Bobby Jindal, wrote in support of Ellzey, saying he had to "admire a member of the media who has the guts to tell it like it is." — Kevin Allman

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