Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Code Violations

Sourcing:

Ray Clark wrote: "Drive to recall Councilor begins According to reliable sources, a group of Gray citizens will take out a petition Friday" ...2006-02-10

Ray Clark wrote: "RiteAid to buy out Community Pharmacy? Sources say that RiteAid will shortly buy out the Community Pharmacy in Gray Plaza and close it." 10-08-04

From the Code of Ethics:
Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources' reliability.
BUST: Ray Clark uses unidentified sources in his articles, something the Code of Ethics advises against.

Attending:

Ray Clark wrote: "At last Tuesday's Town Council meeting, Chair Gary Foster repeatedly told the audience" ... 5-19-06

From the Code of Ethics: 'Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible."
BUST: Ray Clark did not go to the meeting which he is reporting on. He hardly ever does. He is violating the code by failing to test the accuracy of the information. Distortions occur. The Chair of the Gray Town Council publicly corrected many of those distortions last week, several of which were revealed as deliberate.

5 Comments:

  • Where are Your Facts to substantiate such utterings???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30 AM  

  • The fact for the first item is contained in the entry: the excerpt with date shows Ray Clark using anonymous sources from stories that were printed in The Gray News, and the bust showing that is an inappropriate practice is excerpted from the Code of Ethics.

    As to the second: anyone can go to any council meeting and see that Mr. Clark is not there.

    By Anonymous biasbuster, at 2:52 PM  

  • To anonymous saying he will not advertise: I do not own a paper.

    I do, truly, I do, understand that it is hard for people who have loved an institution for so long to see without a shadow of a doubt that they are not what they once were...anger ensues. I understand that. People get angry to be shown that the GN is not too good.

    By Anonymous biasbuster, at 2:54 PM  

  • There are still many old-timers in Gray who have fond memories of the Gray News. It is very difficult for them to realize that the Gray News of 30 and 20 years ago is extinct.

    This blog serves well to raise the expectation of the inhabitants, and no longer tolerate bad performance. It is time we should expect more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:40 PM  

  • Thank you for your comment. And...you deserve more!

    By Anonymous biasbuster, at 5:48 PM  

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