Our latest interview on Ted Baker’s morning show was an on-air discussion of the three-part post on the role of local media, and the Finger Lakes Times in particular, in the political process. We offered our reflections on recent public hearings on the proposed demolition of the gas station at 305 Main Street, the snarly response of the Town of Geneva when town users were asked to pay the same sewer rates as their City of Geneva counterparts and the Belhurst tax assessment appeal, and the Albany legislative earmarks of Senator Nozzolio which, in some cases, appear to subvert community-based planning initiatives already underway. In each case, with more objective reporting, better sourcing and fact checking, and less of an ideological perspective, the Finger Lakes Times might have better served the public purpose. We feel accountability in government (Accountability 101) requires accountability in the press (Accountability 102). When flawed deliberative processes are not accurately represented in the local paper, that makes a bad situation worse. Baker acknowledged some of the challenges to resources posed by an insistence on better reporting and editing. Click here to hear the unedited interview in its entirety, or visit the NoStrings radio archive.