At the end of every year LEO Weekly publishes a controversial edition that it dubs ‘Loserville’, which is a list of individuals and stories that the staff scorns.
It includes a who’s who of Democratic and Republican elected officials, various organizations and topics, and this year was no different when it targeted Papa John’s founder John Schnatter on the 2012 cover.
The staff argues that the penance is a sign that their issue is trying to make locals do better, but the very next week LEO comes out with an issue that highlights the good work of organizers, local business owners and journalists.
Among those represented on that list were the Rev. Pat Delahanty, who is leading a charge to abolition the death penalty in Kentucky.
The Catholic priest, who lives in Old Louisville, is already gearing up for next year’s General Assembly, and from his recent discussions with legislators, he senses momentum is on their side.
“I think Kentucky could be the first state in the South (to abolish the death penalty),” he says. “It won’t be 2013 — the short session is not enough time, and we’re not at that point yet — but we’re getting close to it. 2014 is possible, 2015 is more likely.”
I talked with the newspaper’s editor Sarah Kelley, and staff writers Anne Marshall and Joe Sonka about how they make their choices and the backlash against publishing a list of losers.