“Armstronged” at Jack in the Box by a Tribune Reporter

So I went to Jack in the Box today to have what I thought would be a short bite to eat on my lunch break today and as I was eating, some guy walks up to me and says “Are you Damon Tucker… I read your blog… I’m Jason Armstrong“.

At first I didn’t think anything of it as people often ask me about my blog and tell me they read it but then the name clicked… it was Jason Armstrong from the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

I felt a bit honored that he recognized me as I had never met him before and certainly never seen a picture of him before.  I do remember that he interviewed me last year on the phone for the Hawaii Tribune Article when Noelani Whittington of the Department of Public Works tried to blackball bloggers.

Any rate, Jason and I had a pretty friendly conversation however, he started right off the bat telling me that he would take my “Bet” that I had made about the Hawaii Tribune being in business for a long time.

I told him 8 years… and he went off on this long list as to why he thinks the Tribune will be around for much longer then what I predict.

I don’t blame him for wanting to stick up for his livelihood.  It is sad that the Star-Bulletin may not survive…

Mr. Armstrong, thanks for introducing yourself to me… but I still say the Hawaii Tribune is dead in 8 years.

You game?  I’ll put a $100.00 on this bet right here and now.

7 Responses

  1. If Damon Tucker is the future of Big Island media then we’re all screwed.

  2. Ok, I’ll hold the money. Send $600 to me today and I’ll be absolutely sure to pay the winners in 8 years. I swear.

  3. I’ll take the bet! $100 it is. Sadly, I also think WHT will be around, but not as confident on tst one. There are some basic fundamental services the paper provides, believe it or not. Even if they get to the point where ALL their content is scraped from the blogs, instead of the 20% they have now (and 70% from wire services, thank you AP and McClatchy-Tribune or whatever). Jason’s a good guy. And Damon … ALL the reporters read your blog … Don’t they?

    • I’ll take this bet up for up to three local media folks… I don’t want to be bucking up more then $300 bucks if the Tribune does survive past 8 years…

      I trust Laura and I think I know where to find her in 8 years… I’ll leave this bet open to two more folks… as well as Mr. Armstrong.

      Dave Smith… you down to lose a $100.00?

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