Here is an actual conversation I had Monday with a Buffalo News reader. There were witnesses.
Him: "Why are you guys always so negative?"
Me: "We write positive stories all the time. And you'd be surprised how much backlash we get when we do."
Him: "Get outta here."
Me: "Fans are worn out and raw about it all. I just wrote Russ Brandon did a good job on something and got hammered for it. Readers were calling me a homer."
Him: "Yeah, but he's an [expletive]."
Me: "What kinds of stories would you like to see?"
Him: "You know, stuff about our high school kids doing good things."
Him: "That's true."
Me: "I just wrote a huge story about Chad Kelly getting drafted by the ..."
Him: "Come on, that [expletive]?"