Mooney Reviews WVIR Suit in CJR

The current issue of the bimonthly Columbia Journalism Review contains an extensive overview of the recent lawsuit against WVIR by Jesse Sheckler, in which Sheckler was awarded $10M in May. The feature article, entitled “From Simple Story to Major Mess: The not-so-funny comedy of errors behind the largest libel award in Virginia history,” was written by Daily Progress alumnus and now New York resident Jake Mooney. The article is, of course, further evidence that Jake truly loves and cannot wait to return to dear old Charlottesville. Huzzahs to Jake.

8 Responses to “Mooney Reviews WVIR Suit in CJR”


  • Very interesting… I know a little hamlet (see line 97) that might beg to disagree. Aside from that, pretty interesting story.

  • It depends how you define "Central Virginia." Everyone does it differently, but by the Progress’ definition, and mine, Richmond isn’t included.

    Pipe down.

  • Nah, Richmond is east. Plus, we don’t want ’em. :)

  • One can`t be the "biggest and best" in central Virginia if Richmond is included.

  • By that, I suppose that you mean that the vast majority of the people who have an opinion think one way and you and the Daily Progress think another. Richmond is the defining city of central Virginia by any reasonable metric: geographically, politically, socially, financially, etc., etc.. Charlottesville is socially very distinct from Richmond, and its residents may eschew the connection, but they are both central Virginia towns by most any measure.

    I defy you to find any authority aside from the Progress and its ex-employees showing that Richmond isn’t in central Virginia.

    I have to admit that I’m curious to hear what part of Virginia you and the Daily Progress consider Richmond to be in, if not central.

  • By that, I suppose that you mean that the vast majority of the people who have an opinion think one way and you and the Daily Progress think another.

    No, I mean that it’s a silly topic that very few people give any thought to, and that there’s certainly no authoritative definition of the term “Central Virginia” at all. Fire up your fancy lawyer brain all you want — it won’t make your definition of the term any more valid than anyone else’s.

    Richmond is the defining city of central Virginia by any reasonable metric: geographically, politically, socially, financially, etc., etc.. Charlottesville is socially very distinct from Richmond, and its residents may eschew the connection, but they are both central Virginia towns by most any measure.

    “Blah blah blah. I get paid by the hour, so now I think that if I write more words then my arguments will automatically be better, even though the reality is just the opposite. Blah blah blah.”



    I defy you to find any authority aside from the Progress and its ex-employees showing that Richmond isn’t in central Virginia.

    There is no authority on this, because no one else but you cares.

    I have to admit that I’m curious to hear what part of Virginia you and the Daily Progress consider Richmond to be in, if not central.

    It’s in the greater Richmond area.

    The story’s about Charlottesville. Focus.

  • I didn’t realize that Mr. Mooney was gunning up the personal attack engine. I guess that’s par for the course, though.

    I suppose when you have an error in the first paragraph of your first "big-shot" article, you tend to get a little bit defensive.

  • You’re "an error."

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