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