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This unusual response, which has caught the attention of Editor & Publisher, more than satisfied Cournoyer, as did a meeting in which he was joined by Post editor Glenn Guzzo, editorial-page editor Sue O'Brien, and Grilly, who precipitated the get-together. About Grilly, who was out of town and unavailable for comment, Cournoyer notes, "I think his heart's in the right place, and he said the right things." Neither was Cournoyer upset that Carman did not add an "I'm sorry" of her own. "We consider her a lost cause," Cournoyer says. "And besides, our issue with the paper is an institutional one. The main question is, how did this column get past the eyes of so many different editors and gatekeepers? Those are the people we need to reach, and we were heartened to hear that the paper is committed to sensitizing those people to what we're talking about."

How does Carman feel about all this? Beyond saying, "I wasn't involved in the decision," she declined any comment. Editor Guzzo, who previously said in this space that he would have apologized had he been in Carman's situation, is reluctant to speak for her, but he does allow that "she's led me to believe that she was pleased with the way the paper was reacting." To anyone who might see Grilly's words as evidence that the Post will start tiptoeing around politically correct subjects, he adds, "The apology was really about the last line in that column, and only the last line -- and that in no way reflects on the determination of this paper to be very aggressive in reporting about public affairs and the performances of public officials."

To put it another way: If the folks at the Post determine that Campbell deserves criticism, he'll receive it -- but probably without any reference to what he's wearing on his head.

Patrick Merewether


The splashy release of transcripts from videotapes made prior to the Columbine slayings by killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold says less about Time magazine, which broke the story in its current issue, than about the astoundingly inept Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, whose attempts at spin control (illustrated by the Rocky's December 12-14 series on the Columbine investigation) allowed this latest debacle to happen. More fallout is sure to follow -- and already, more surprising charges are leaking out. On December 13, for instance, Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel Rohrbough died in the rampage, told KHOW host Peter Boyles that he's heard that Columbine crime-scene photos circulated through, of all places, the Jefferson County jail. His likely source for this information? Bob Enyart, this week's Westword cover subject ("Thank God for Bob!," ), who says he saw the pics during fifty days of incarceration for the spanking of his stepson, Stephen Mayns.

Is any of this true? Even Rohrbough admits he has no proof, and after looking into the allegations, Channel 9 dropped the story because it lacked evidence. But it speaks such volumes about how the Jeffco sheriff's department has handled things since April 20 that it can't be dismissed out of hand. Or do you really believe that Time agreed to keep the videotape info confidential and then printed it anyway?

Have comments, tips or complaints about the media? E-mail "The Message" at Michael_Roberts@westword.com.

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