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Aug 08

I Am Mass Media

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I should have posted this a few days ago, but what the hell.

In the spirit of continuing to burn bridges in the name of truth, I offer you this little gem of an update.

In case you missed it yesterday, there was another article in the Ann Arbor News about the Ypsilanti School District bond issue. No big deal really. After all, there is an election tomorrow, and everyone should get out and vote. The big deal here is the backstory on all of this.

On Thursday of last week, I wrote a snarky little bit about the Update to Educate campaign committee having solicited 100% of their contributions (at the time of the reporting deadline) from outside vendors who stand to profit from the millage’s passage.

The very next day, the Ann Arbor News did their bit on the subject focusing on where the money would be spent. They failed, however, to mention the contributions from the outside vendors.

This is where it gets fun.

One of my loyal readers sent an email a lot of people at the News blasting them for missing such an important part of the story. He complimented several of the local bloggers for our willingness to find the whole story. This person even included the entire text of my entry from Friday. [ed. note: I make no claims about providing the whole story or even half of the story.]

On Sunday, the News did a follow-up article with the headline “3 firms donated to bond campaign.” I give the Ann Arbor News a lot of credit for listening to a reader’s complaint and clarifying the issue. What I find hilarious is how they pulled their facts right out of my article. That’s awesome. I probably should have gotten some sort of contributed to this article credit. It’s probably possible that journalistic ethics were violated, but I’d never want to accuse someone who buys their ink by the barrel of that.

Needless to say, now I will never have the samy cozy relationship with the Ann Arbor News that I have with the Ypsilanti Courier.

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