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The Story of THE RAG! St. Mary's Today Newspaper: The Night a Sheriff, States Attorney and Posse of Deputies Stole the News by [Rossignol, Ken]
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In the short course of less than one year, a small-town newspaper which was run on a shoe-string was featured on the front page of two major newspapers and on network news, all due to covering the news with loud flashy headlines that ‘shouted’ the news rather than boring its readers to tears. In short, the news made news.
That was just the beginning, before long the newspaper would be the target of an organized effort by a county sheriff and his deputies and a candidate for states attorney to clean the paper off newsstands the night before an election and result in a landmark First Amendment case which is now the law of the land.

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Rossignol publishes THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY monthly in print, in digital edition and 24/7 online featuring news and the culture of the broad Chesapeake region. As a maritime history speaker, Rossignol enjoys meeting audiences around the world and discussing the original news stories of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and other maritime history topics. Rossignol has appeared on dozens of ships in the Pacific, Panama Canal, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Caribbean discussing the stories of the heroes of the Titanic, the explorations of the new world voyagers, the Bermuda Triangle, early explorers, the history of piracy and other maritime history topics. Rossignol regularly appears at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri for book signings and to talk with visitors about the RMS Titanic. Information on booking Rossignol for your event is available at the TitanicSpeakersBureau.com. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC 20/20; ABC World News Tonight and in a currently running production of Discovery Channel Investigation Motives & Murders Series, A Body in the Bay. News coverage of Rossignol’s landmark civil rights case, represented by Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz re: United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rossignol v Voorhaar, 2003, included articles in most major news outlets, as well as a column by syndicated columnists James J. Kilpatrick. A strong highway safety advocate, Rossignol also publishes the DWIHitParade.com which focuses on impaired driving and the monthly publication, The Chesapeake. News coverage of Rossignol’s DWIHitParade won an Emmy in 2012 for WJLA reporter Jay Korff and coverage of the St. Mary’s Today newspaper by WUSA reporter Bruce Leshan was awarded an Emmy in 2000. See Audible for the audio edition of this book.

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  • Publisher: St. Mary's Today Newspaper LLC (Dec 18 2011)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa68598ac) out of 5 stars 78 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c39bdc) out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL AND INCISIVE LOOK AT A LOST ART Dec 20 2011
By Richard S. Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There was a time when journalists were true newsmen and newswomen. When names like Royko, Mencken, Wicker, Reston and Frank Reynolds symbolized the true mission and art of journalism. They were not pretty but true journalism is not pretty and each felt the punlic had "a right to know".
Today, Journalists have become another type of performer or entertainer, complete with agents and make up artists. The sad state of the "media" makes Ken Rossignol's new book THE RAG so very enjoyable and compelling. It is a salve to those of us who value true newspeople and journalism,and proof that it still exists, albeit, not nearly as common as it used to be.

The Story of THE RAG is a brilliant and cutting story of the newspaper ST. MARY'S TODAY...as the blurb sums up "In the short course of less than one year, a small-town newspaper which was run on a shoe-string was featured on the front page of two major newspapers and on network news, all due to covering the news with loud flashy headlines that `shouted' the news rather than boring its readers to tears. In short, the news made news.
That was just the beginning, before long the newspaper would be the target of an organized effort by a county sheriff and his deputies and a candidate for states attorney to clean the paper off newsstands the night before an election and result in a landmark First Amendment case which is now the law of the land."

To call The Story of THE RAG just an other "underdog" tale is to do this superb book a great injustice. In addition to being utterly engrossing, Ken Rossignal has perfected the art of producing a cautionary tale on freedom of the press as well as dedication to the reported word.

A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

RICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c39bf4) out of 5 stars First Amendment Warrior! Dec 19 2011
By Kevin Brubeck - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the story of a dying breed of newspaperman. The term "Journalist" does not do them justice. It is too polite a term. These were newspaper men. This was a paper cut from the sturdy cloth of old. When a paper took sides and the editorial staff didn't worry about the fallout from the cowardly ad folks. It was an outfit who called it exactly as they saw it, with little concern if the old boy network was exposed to the bright light of public scrutiny. They sunk their teeth into a story and did not let go until the corrupt politicians, drug dealers or unsavory businessmen were brought to justice. I come from a family of newspaper men and women. I really appreciate what Mr. Rossignol did to create this wonderful public service to the community he continues to serve in Southern Maryland. Keep up the good work and keep writing exceptional books!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c394c8) out of 5 stars Meet the tiger! Jan. 20 2012
By Gus Philpott - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Rossignol is the tiger. Maybe that should be Tiger! I thoroughly enjoyed his book, and I highly recommend it. Be warned, though; you'll lose some sleep because you won't want to stop reading, when it's time to turn out the light and get some sleep.
Seems like nobody was safe from Ken's keyboard, and that's just how it should be. When he saw a "wrong", he got after it. And he stayed after it.
Sometimes I think Ken and I might be two peas out of the same pod. We are just unwilling to let somebody in government or the law try to get away with something that's wrong.
Ken writes about it in an interesting way, and he'll hold your attention from the first page to the last.
In December 2015 I listened to the version of this book on Audible.com. "Hearing" the book was, for me, a great improvement over reading it. I have blogged about law-enforcement since 2007 and appreciated the author's diligence and persistence all the more. I like cops - the honest ones. The Audible.com version is well read by the narrator. I recommend both!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c3b678) out of 5 stars Been There, Done That, Loved It! April 9 2012
By Nick Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a former small town newspaper publisher myself, who was known for stepping on toes and exposing what public official's hand was caught in the cookie jar or under the wrong skirt, I related very well to Ken Rossignol's great book, The Rag. I've dealt with many of the same type of corrupt elected and appointed officials, including a county sheriff who stood in my office and swore to stop my car and shoot me dead some dark night.

If you've ever wondered what it was like to peel the thin veneer of civility off a small town and look underneath, this book will do the trick. Ken Rossignol is the kind of courageous newspaperman I admire, and that I'd love to sit down and swap war stories with.

Be warned, don't start this book unless you have time to finish it, because it is a fascinating read that I didn't want to put down. The only problem I had with the book was that on my Kindle, the editorial cartoons were hard to see, and they were very much a part of the newspaper's character. This is a problem with the basic Kindle, and they showed up much better on my iPad. But don't let that stop you, as I said, the story is fascinating.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c3b51c) out of 5 stars Telling It Like It Was (and pretty much still is) Nov. 12 2012
By Toby duCellier - Published on Amazon.com
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Once Ken decided to chronicle the goings-on in St. Mary's County, MD, it was all over for the good old boys.
Until St. Mary's Today hit the news stands, the surface tranquility of Maryland's Mother County was protected by the complete lack of anything even resembling good news reporting. Gannett newspapers had an iron grip on the local newspapers, and their philosophy was always to make the advertisers look as good as possible with no regard for what was newsworthy. I know, because I worked for that chain in those days.
Ken and I were soldiers on the same battlefield in Southern Maryland. The weekly tabloid I started on my kitchen table, The Chesapeake Observer, took neighboring Calvert County by storm. We were the most-read newspaper in the area within six months of our start-up. This didn't sit well with the two other papers in town, The Prince Frederick Recorder (my former employer) or The Calvert Independent. They mocked our tabloid format and they were horrified at our aggressive reporting, even as their advertisers fled their broadsheet pages for ours.
At the time, Ken was publishing a small, touristy weekly called The Blue Crab,, an 81/2 by 11 offset press publication stuffed full of local lore and, most importantly, local advertising. I picked up several copies of it one day and took them back to The Observer offices. Handing them out to my advertising staff, I said, "This could put us out of business." I decided then to arrange a meeting with Ken, and discovered he and I were kindred souls.
The Story of The Rag is a true, unvarnished account of one man's struggle to just print the truth. That may not sound heroic, but from personal experience, I can tell you that it very often really does involve acts of heroism. I saw Ken working 20-hour days, doing the jobs of reporter, editor, composition and layout, delivery and bookkeeping all at once. He was also a single father, devoted son, and good friend to a lot of people.
Everyone should read this book. It starkly portrays the real news papering world, as well as exposes the real world of political deal-making and corruption that remains Maryland's hallmark to this day.
I read it in one very long sitting, because I couldn't put it down. And it made me proud.