Friday, May 15, 2009

A day late

I may have written about this before. I know I've spoken in public about it.

It has to do with people seeing dark shadows where there are none. Specifically, it's about those who criticize individuals and institutions (like ours) about errors of omission or commision, and then tell you "the real reason" why those errors occurred.

Several female corrections officers at the Ulster County Jail have filed a federal sexual harassment suit. You can read the details in today's Freeman. Unfortunately, you could have read many of the same details yesterday in other newspapers. The Freeman is a day late on this story.


If you listen those who believe they know, it's because the Freeman is protecting the county executive. Or it's because the Freeman doesn't want to report critical news about the new jail now that it's under a Democratic administration. Or it's because the Freeman has decided it's not newsworthy.

No, no, no.

The Freeman is a day late on this story because of mistakes in judgment, in large part made because of a lack of resources in the newsroom Wednesday afternoon. Nothing more sinister than that.

Human error.

It happens ... not often, fortunately, but it happens (and not just to the Freeman, by the way, but to all news organizations large and small).

Reporter Paul Kirby did an excellent job catching us up today. The Freeman is not ignoring the story.
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