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Friday, June 10, 2005

Bad faith

Posted by: Hammer / 11:14 AM

Patrick at MRW points out that Minnesota House Republicans are not negotiating in good faith:
House Republicans appeared to reject the DFL offer even before it was tendered, passing out a press release moments before the DFL news conference that predicted the "lack of a serious response by the DFL will lead to a government shutdown."
They prepared and distributed a press release before the Democrats' plan was actually offered? Sounds like bad faith negotiating to me. Unfortunately, the link on MRW and Stronger DFL takes you to a story that doesn't include the quoted passage.
I contacted the Strib and got this response: "The version you saw was an online story filed just after the news conference. Frequently those are updated and even rewritten as the day progresses. The paragraph got dropped in the rewrite."


I asked the writer of the article if the information was removed because it was not accurate. Here is her reply:
No, it's accurate. We had a lot of other information to get into the paper as the afternoon developed, so we dropped this passage. Happens all the time. Thanks for reading, nice to hear from attentive customers.


By Blogger Michael M, at 1:53 PM  

Patricia Lopez-the other reporter on the story also wrote back:

"Gosh, if I'd known that paragraph was going to get such a response I would have kept it in! Yours is the second email today I've gotten that asks that question. It was completely accurate, but you saw an early online version. Those typically get updated throughout the day and often get rewritten for the next day's paper. That's what happened here. "

Reporters often think readers/viewers/listeners don't care about the details like this so they often get edited out for space. However, when you let reporters and editors know that those details DO MATTER they get included.

By Blogger Michael M, at 5:06 PM  

I think it also demonstrates that you get a better response from journalists by asking polite questions rather than making accusations.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:47 AM  

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