This Week in Milford

May 7, 2018

Rizk Averse

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Steve Luhm's Ghost Mops These Floors — nedryerson @ 6:02 am


I should just recycle a post from last May when Dafne DaFonte was looking into the past of pitcher Ryan Van Auken. There’s no place for a school paper to be intruding into the personal lives of students. But Ms. Rizk seems willing to allow Dafne to pursue a Barry Bader story. She didn’t say anything when Dafne summoned cub reporter Jay Bhatia into the Trumpet office to enlist him to dig into Barry current state of mind.

I’m just going to say it. Ms. Rizk is the culprit here. Dafne had a story about the district budget, but Ms. Rizk was all “BOOOOR-ing!” and asked for more juicy stuff. Sure, school board meetings are boring and budgets are dry subjects, but shouldn’t student journalists be learning how to cover these types of things? Also, if you want juicy headlines, isn’t it possible that that Heenan guy on the school board is up to more shenanigans? Maybe Ms. Rizk COULD be okay with another student approaching Barry Bader and asking if he wants to share his story, but if Barry is not willing to share anything, she should not be on board with students digging around, involving other students.

I don’t know why this one bugs me so much, but that’s my story. Are there going to be any actual sports here?




  1. On May 26, 2017, Rizk killed the Ryan Van Auken story on the grounds that Ryan had been a minor when he did a bad thing, and printing it would follow him online forever. Now there’s no story, but if there were, it would involve something somebody else did when Barry was a minor. She should have killed this already.

    Comment by Philip — May 7, 2018 @ 7:30 am

  2. Typically in stories like this, it’s prudent to keep the focus on the victim’s family, remember??

    Comment by hitorque — May 7, 2018 @ 7:34 am

  3. The diligent journalist is once again mischaracterizing the story. Pa Bader didn’t kill Boo — the second driver did. And yeah, if Ms. Rizk is training the reporters of tomorrow, she ought to be letting them cut their teeth on school board meetings, not delving into stories of death, addiction and incarceration that could be devastating if not handled with great care.

    And Dafne’s already shown herself incapable of that, by sending a clumsy and unprepared Jay Bhatia to make the initial contact.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 7, 2018 @ 7:43 am

  4. As much as I like to make fun of Moose and Gil can’t we get back to that story so I can make fun of Moose and Gil.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 7, 2018 @ 9:41 am

  5. I’ve been trying to figure out what story Dafne DeFoliant thinks she is on, and am not coming up with much beyond “What’s it like to have your old man up the river?” Philip’s right that that would not fly as a story in a high school paper any better than would the only other story in sight involving Barry Bader, namely “What’s it like to be universally seen as an asshole?”

    Comment by vaganova — May 7, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

  6. Dafne’s so hot I dont mind seeing her in the strip doing anything but otherwise Ned is right on. No high school teacher would approve of this story for a high school rag.

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 7, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

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