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Windsor (Ontario) Star "apologizes without reservation" for error

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WolvEagle, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Here's the link: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Windsor+Star+apologizes+Croteau+family/7020643/story.html

    In a story headlined “Foster kids urge changes to system,” "The Star wrongly said that Lauren had been sexually and verbally abused by her father before entering the care of the Children’s Aid. The Star subsequently learned that the reporter misunderstood Lauren Croteau and she in fact had not been abused by her father."

    Man, I wouldn't want to be in that reporter's shoes. That is a stunning error.
  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

  3. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Well-Known Member

    Her dad did say she's the best kisser, though.
  4. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Despite possibly being mildly offended, I found that to be pretty damn solid.
  5. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    And that is one hell of a mistake. Yikes.
  6. CarlSpackler

    CarlSpackler Member

    Ah, that's nothin'. We had a guy winning a race in dedication to his dead father a couple months ago.

    The next day, the mom called and informed us "I'm currently sitting next to the deceased."

    Turns out he was quite alive. You don't have to be dead for someone to dedicate something to you.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    An amusing story, but I'd say libeling someone in the worst way imaginable would trump giving some anonymous person the Abe Vigoda treatment.
  8. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Did the reporter say "alledgedly"?
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    How does it get that far? Don't allegations of abuse lead to follow up questions that would eventually cause someone to go, "Whoa. What??"

    Am I missing something?
  10. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    That's what happens when you lay off all the copy desk editors. [/crossthread]
  11. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Wow. So why did she enter the care of the Children's Aid? Or was that wrong, too?
  12. canucklehead

    canucklehead Member

    The Windsor Star is part of Postmedia News, which is in serious trouble.
    They are moving all desk work to a sweat shop in Hamilton, Ont. as of Aug. 15. No more local copy editing, except for I believe Vancouver where the Sun and Province have strong unions. I maybe wrong about that.
    At the Calgary Herald, for example, 23 editors are being kicked out the door as of mid August, or in two weeks.
    The Herald, Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen and National Post (am I missing a paper) no longer publish Sunday editions.

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