Skip Jennings 
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Re: “City Paper's new arts editor debuts

Well, there you have it, Charleston. Now you can see why numerous bottles of champagne were uncorked upon hearing the news that John Stoehr was leaving Savannah. I speak as one who is not only one of the organizers of Savannah’s Jazz Festival, but also the co-chairman of our blues festival, a member of the board of directors of the organization that presents a full season of professional chamber music concerts each year and a volunteer with the Savannah Music Festival. John is almost universally despised within Savannah’s arts community for the less-than-fair articles he wrote. Be very wary of this man when he comes to you for comments. In my experience, John brings a negative, hyper-critical agenda to each article he writes. He may offer you platitudes, such as “I’m just following the facts,” but the reality is something quite different. For example, there are two legitimate sides to the Ben Tucker story he relates above. But neither side is presented in John’s story. Instead we have a version that appears to be twisted in such a way as to portray people with whom he has had disagreements in a very negative light. To top it off, the release of such articles always seems to be timed to do maximum damage to the subject arts organization. So it comes as no surprise to us that this article is published in the middle of the Savannah Jazz Festival. I have spent hours with John in futile attempts to give him the full facts of various situations. But no matter how good the news is that you are presenting, it seems that John always finds a way to turn it into a negative story. Maybe you will have better luck with him. But be forewarned.

Posted by Skip Jennings on September 27, 2007 at 8:40 AM
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