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Poll should serve as bucket of ice water into John Skipper’s face


This news story was published on December 21, 2014.
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NIT Opinion –

john skipper sucks

NIT readers voted on this question: Do you trust anything John Skipper writes?

The votes are in, and John Skipper is losing, big time.

Like a punishing left hook to one of his 3 chins, NIT readers have voted overwhelmingly that they either don’t trust what he writes, his stories are “lame and boring” or they have flat out never heard of him before.

“I have to say, the results of this poll are even worse than I thought they’d be,” said NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt.  “I mean, really, the people of North Iowa are smarter than he thinks they are.  His pandering to the likes of Eric Bookmeyer and other personalities who are poisonous to the welfare of the common citizen have come back to haunt him.  What I mostly hear on the street is ‘when is that guy gonna quit for good?'”

John Skipper has been writing for the Globe Gazette since the Paleolithic Age and is a self-proclaimed expert on baseball as well as finding his way around the inside of the mayor’s office.  He is known for taking cheap shots – he  might call them “sucker punches” – at regular Mason City citizens just to score points with his cronies in City Hall and the Courthouse.

“It makes his job easier,” Marquardt explained.  “The more he kisses their pasty white butts, does their bidding, the less work he has to do.  They’ll tell him anything he wants to know as long as he supports whatever messed up agenda they march out next.  Heck, sometimes he goes in the mayor’s office and the door closes behind them and the lights go off.  Now, I don’t know what goes on in there, but since the story is already made-up ahead of time, the 20 minutes they spend in there together could be for just about any reason.  I know those two are quite fond of each other.”

If John Skipper is reading this – which we all know for sure he will, since insiders at the Globe have repeatedly told NIT how he browses this site almost everyday so that he can learn from real pros how to write stories – he should pay close attention to the option that got 86 votes, nearly double any of the others.  It says Skipper has sold himself out to a corrupt system in North Iowa that benefits the few – the socially and politically connected class – at the expense of the masses.  For a writer who tries in vain to portray himself as an “everyman” or somehow a “likable guy”, he is failing miserably, according to this poll.

John Skipper

John Skipper

Mr. Skipper, get up from your desk in the Globe newsroom, walk into the men’s room, look at yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself if the petty wage the Globe pays you is worth carrying on forward as you have.  Perhaps it is time to stop the lies, let go of the mayor’s coattails, and maybe try writing some truth for once in your life.  Look back at your columns from 2009 through this year where you support everything Eric Bookmeyer ever did or you thought he would do.  Now look at him – really examine him.  Do you see the drunk, the bully, the jobless man, and the loser in a discrimination case involving age and race and retaliation?  Do you see the man who created a hostile work environment at city hall?  Do you see the man that is the central figure in so many other rumors that constantly float around town (daycares and maids)?  You support that behavior by supporting the mayor, Mr. Skipper, and now his reputation is rubbing off on you.  You wrote skewed stories to help him get elected – twice – after he spent thousands on ads with you.  Do you feel good about that?  Maybe this poll will serve as a bucket of ice water into your face and wake you up from the half-asleep daze you appear to be in 90% of the time.

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10 Responses to Poll should serve as bucket of ice water into John Skipper’s face

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Seriously? A troll poll? With the writers overwhelming personal grudge and amatuerish bias showing with little consideration to facts, what possible viability is there in a poll presented by that same, slanted dude?

  2. anon Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks Reg! I love when everybody knows exactly what’s going on no matter how you slice it! Banner moment!

  3. anon Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Ok Reggie let’s play the number game.
    Refer back to the numbers of the mayoral election.. if you this and if you that Weaver blew away Bookmeyer(is that his name?) So many variables on that one too.

    Let’s not forget Skipper talks like he has a mouth full of foreign matter, well maybe not so foreign but very full of something!

    Skipper is utterly distorted to say the very least.

    • Reggie Reply Report comment

      December 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      “if you this and if you that” Good reasoned rebuttal Anon. Can’t argue with that.

  4. Reggie Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

    While the numbers and the graph seem to show John Skippers approval rating is incredibly low ,if one analyzes the numbers it is really quite different.If you take all the people in this poll ,almost 32% trust him. If you throw out the people who don’t know who he is,it goes up to almost 40%. If you throw out the people who NEVER read him, therefore really should have no knowledge of whether to trust him or not,it jumps to over 46%.So really it is not too bad to have a 46% approval rating here.

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I think John is to old to change his ways. I really believe he butters up to the mayor for job security. Afer all, where else would he get a job at his age. Age descrimination is a real problem.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      December 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      I agree age discrimination is a problem, I mean, when our own mayor has a grudge against the elderly, that right there tells you our older folks who deserve respect will get little even in a place that they help keep running with their taxes. In Skipper’s case his retirement fund has been decimated by the free-falling LEE stock; I bet he put all his eggs in that basket over the years and now he’s crushed thanks to his fearless, greedy leader Mary Junck. And yet, he continues to serve that master.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        December 23, 2014 at 9:39 am

        I never said he was the sharpest tool in the shed.

  6. Reggie Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Great article NITO. Hard hitting and very well written. No cheap shots or innuendo. Backed up by a scientific poll.Well done, very well done.