Saturday, April 08, 2006

Here we go again

First, the Times Leader claimed an "exclusive" on a story based on public federal records. Then, they slapped "exclusive" on a story that was first reported by a college newspaper. Now, the newspaper is proclaiming an "exclusive" on what was said at a public meeting.

This story, dealing with a Luzerne County prison guard accused of beating a prisoner, was pegged as an exclusive, presumably because the county warden says he wants the guard fired.

How can it be an exclusive, when the statements were made at a public meeting? More importantly, how can it be an exclusive if The Citizens' Voice ran the same story with the same information on the same day?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as this is troubling it is equally troubling that the DUI arrest of an editor of the Hazleton Paper, an accident that happened here in Wilkes Barre, has yet to be report by the CV let alone the Hazleton paper.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

I doubt either newspaper will touch it. The Standard-Speaker will avoid it for obvious reasons, and the CV will say, "Oh, but we don't cover Hazelton!" It's obvious why none of the Times-Shamrock newspapers are touching it.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's just another reason why the NE PA News Alliance is an unholy alliance. News alliances serve two purposes; 1) They make wealthy people even wealthier; 2) They allow certain interests to control the flow of news.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a big issue where I work (out of NEPA market now) When people give us good info on good stories, they have a habit of telling us no one else knows, so in turn we run an "Exclusive". Lately, these people have been telling all the stations that they have the exclusive, and were all looking like asses. Now, nothing can run as an exclusive, even when we truly have one. Oh well, just one more dip in the quality of tv news

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the idea to impress the reader? If Mr. & Mrs. Wrczyczyczyk are impressed who cares if the definition of "exclusive" has been violated?

9:01 AM  
Anonymous WR Hearst said...

EXCLUSIVE: Lynett Empire soon to control all print jobs; TL refugees will find no room at the McClatchy/K-R Inn.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's the editor arrested?? I haven't heard this story, but I don't recall all DUI arrests being covered by newspapers. Why should this one? I would bet that most everyone reading this board is guilty of DWI at one point or another, just most of us are lucky we weren't caught. Who cares that it hasn't been covered in the papers? Big deal. It's not news if Joe Shmo does it unless he hurts someone... why should it be news if this editor got caught?

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the 1:31 poster...

why is it news when a newspaper editor is arrested on a dui?

Why was it news when it was John Nugent? Why would be news if it was someone working at city hall?

As they said with Nixon, it wasn't the crime, it was the cover up...

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might not have been news if Nugent hadn't run from the cops, parked the car in the middle of the street, and hid on his belly in the woods then when he was found tried to explain it by saying he decided he wanted to walk home.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was it news when it was John Nugent?

God, here we go again. Look, John was a friend of mine. John made a huge mistake. John ran and hid from the police. John then lied for weeks about what he'd done. John then admitted what he'd done. That's what made it a story. If he'd faced the music right up front, no one would have cared much at all.

7:15 PM  

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