More Messages: Winning the Name Game
This More Messagesblog
from last week chides theRocky Mountain News
for avoiding mention of theDenver Post
at all cost -- even when doing so means telling readers an incomplete story. But today, theRocky
made the right decision in regard to citing thePost
, resulting in a piece that places accuracy above rivalry.
"Duel Over Database Vote," the Rocky article in question, concerns the continuing brouhaha over the use of information from the National Crime Information Center in ads touting Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Since NCIC data is only supposed to be accessible to law enforcement, campaign staffers for Democrat Bill Ritter charged the Beauprez minions with breaking the law. Beauprez's current (and probably doomed) strategy involves championing the leaker as a whistleblowing hero. But earlier, he tried to ameliorate the situation by ducking and dodging, even telling the Denver Post that he didn't even know that the NCIC had a database. However, the aforementioned Rocky piece, penned by scribes Lynn Bartels and M.E. Sprengelmeyer, reveals Beauprez "voted in Congress to strengthen protections" against abusing that very repository.
Perhaps it would have been possible to leave the Post out of this tale by using a generic term like "in a previous interview." Fortunately, though, Bartels and Sprengelmeyer didn't head down that path. Instead, they were clear and straightforward, writing that "the Denver Post reported last week that Beauprez said until the controversy over his ad erupted, he was unaware of the existence of the database."
Now, that wasn't so hard, was it? -- Michael Roberts
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