TBogg

Reporting from the Stephen Spruiell Institute
of Reportorial Ethics and MiniBar Raiding


Five dollar beers and a dial-up connection

I kind of expected Stephen Spruiell to jump on the Greg Mitchellgate brouhaha (actually it’s more of a brouha if not just a brou-):

After E&P editor Greg Mitchell attacked bloggers for exposing staged and altered photographs of Israel’s offensive against Hezbollah, Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee found an embarrassing story that Mitchell had written about his own experience faking a news story for a small paper in Niagara Falls.

Embarrassing, yes. Funny. But not really that bad. After all, it happened a long time ago, and Mitchell copped to it.

This, however, is journalistic malpractice:

Hmmmmm. It’s seems like only yesterday when Spruiell was covering the Lieberman campaign…….

Local politicians usually love it when Wal-Mart builds in their jurisdictions, and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano was no different. Here’s what DeStefano had to say about the opening of a new Wal-Mart in New Haven in 2004:

The New Haven Wal-Mart will employ 340 full and part-time workers. Wal-Mart and three Sam’s Clubs, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart, employ 8,340 in the state.

“We’re glad the space is filled, it’s a great location,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr. “We think the store is going to be successful there. We’re taking something that was empty and filling it with more jobs and tax revenue.” (New Haven Register, 7/20/04; free reg. req’d)

Needless to say, now that DeStefano is a Democratic candidate for governor here in Connecticut, he was right there with Lieberman and Lamont* at today’s anti-Wal-Mart rally. How quickly things change when there’s pandering to do.

Later that same day:

* CORRECTION: 09:29 p.m.: From today’s Connecticut Post:

Another candidate for governor, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., who since earlier this year has been critical of Wal-Mart, cancelled his planned appearance Wednesday after a shooting in his city.

I left after Lamont spoke because it was blazing hot, and I assumed that DeStefano made his appearance as planned. I apologize for the error. Nevertheless, as the article points out, DeStefano planned to appear, and he’s been critical of Wal-Mart since earlier this year.

So, you see, when Spruiell wrote that DeStefano made his appearance (“He was right there…”) but he really didn’t, it was because there was a cold and frosty Zima calling Spruiell’s name back at the Rodeway Inn, and so it was an “error” as opposed to writing about something he didn’t actually witness.

I would say that this calls Stephen’s journalistic “ethics” into question.

Not that there was any question about them to start with, mind you…

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