Apparently the Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman or someone at the school district doesn’t appreciate the Daily News’ sense of humor. Today’s front page (shown here) depicts Ackerman wielding a chain saw, to illustrate the lead story about draconian cuts the district contemplates to balance the coming year’s budget.
Below are excerpts of exchanges on Twitter between the newspaper and the district. The tweets may not be in their original order, since exact times aren’t posted. But you can see them all for yourself at the twitter accounts of the School District here, the Daily News here, and the Daily News Hot Button here.
School District: Day 5 of a series on violence in schools and the Inquirer’s sister paper @PhillyDailyNews Photoshops a chainsaw into Superintendent’s hands.
School District: The @PhillyDailyNews article is about PA Gov Tom Corbett’s budget cuts, but Photoshops chainsaw into Superintendent’s hands. Fair?
School District: The @PhillyDailyNews says they don’t believe that a chainsaw depicts violence. What do you think?
School District : The @PhillyDailyNews says they don’t believe that the image of the schools chief holding a chainsaw has an effect on kids. Believe that?
School District: Should the @PhillyDailyNews apologize for creating such a violent image of the schools chief in the midst of a series on school violence?
Daily News: As to @PhillyEducation charge that cover image incites violence – next PSD chainsaw attack will definitely be the fault of our p.1 editor.
School District: @HotButton Your smug attitude flies in the face of the 7 part series that your sister paper is running on school violence. Anything to sell?
Daily News: @PhillyEducation What you’re missing is: 2 editorial depts. DN doesn’t base its cover decisions on what Inky is doing, nor vice versa.
School District: @HotButton You have the same owner and you’re in the same bldg. Even if you didn’t discuss it w/ the Inquirer, (cont) http://tl.gd/9jbuhe
Daily News assistant city editor Josh Cornfield: @PhillyEducation @PhillyDailyNews The more readers we can make care about the massive cuts proposed yesterday, the better. For all of us.
School District: @JoshCornfield Anything to try to get circulation up, huh? #Shameful @PhillyDailyNews
Daily News editor Cornfield again: JoshCornfield @PhillyEducation @HotButton Can’t tell you how much fun I’m having reading the School District flaming the Daily News. Bring it on!