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07.14.06 -- EDITOR'S NOTE: Corrections, clarifications and perspective

Last night LPA board member Barbara Fellman said I misquoted Commissioner Charlie Stone saying I wrote that he spoke to me about the LPA board. He did not. I said in council meeting that this was not the case.

I did make a mistake last night.
I thought the article she was referencing was article McIntosh divided by CRA, U.S. 441 because I had only had one conversation with Stone and that was about the CRA. I spoke to this point in council last night. She was, instead, speaking of an editorial I wrote Why July 11 is a very, very important day. Sorry Barbara. When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. But even so, I did not write that Stone said anything about the LPA nor did I mean to imply he said that.

The editorial referenced the conversation I had with Commissioner Stone and information I learned from him about CRA boards. I should have made the segue more clear for when his information ended and my edtiorial opinion began. I have made this correction in the story after Commissioner Stone and I spoke this afternoon when we read over every word I wrote relating to him.

I also spoke with Stone about the concerns that Bill Glass voiced that Stone's attorney would have something to say about the blog. Stone did speak with his attorney about the page of the editorial Fellman faxed to him but was not going to take action.

Further comments Bill Glass voiced to council and the town residents were that he had been speaking with the dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. I spoke with the chair of my department this afternoon and sent him the blog URL so he would be in the loop. He replied saying, "Nice work."

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My correction policy is that I make them. If you think I've made a mistake, let me know. Enlighten everyone. That's the whole point of this. I am using this format for the sole purpose of READER RESPONSE.

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Now that I've covered MY bases, I can move onto in my reporting to the coverage of McIntosh's bases.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

posted by Cher @ 3:11 PM,

3 Comments:

At   July 14, 2006 10:44 PM     ,    Blogger fisherwife    said...

Could you outline the meeting for us in a post so we don't have to download two hours? Just a thought. We are standing with our ears to the wall currently. The events of the last few days have been interesting.

 
At   July 15, 2006 1:26 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

K -
Sorry for the delay. I'm working on it. This was a difficult meeting to report because I was a focus for part of it. Doesn't help that I didn't particularly enjoy attending it and wading through the audio file a second time is kinda like doing water aerobics in a Victorian gown -- one with a really constricting collar, confining stays and three-too-many petticoats.

If you need a CD of the meeting, e-mail me directly at philicher@aol.com. I will be more than happy to burn you your very own copy so you don't have to endure the download.

 
At   July 15, 2006 6:16 PM     ,    Anonymous casey    said...

good job cher,keep up the reporting this is a fine way for more people to know what is happening in the council meetings. casey

 

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I'm Cher From McIntosh, FL I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida working on a master's degree in Mass Communication. While I was finishing my undergrad degree in journalism last year, I reported on McIntosh, Fla. for an in-depth reporting class. I figured that the reporting and the public record files should go somewhere people can access them. Reporters don't report to keep the information they find to themselves. Some of that reporting is included here in a forum that allows response. McIntosh suffers because with no news coverage, the local government and the rumor mill have too much potential to run rampant over residents. I moved to McIntosh in the fall of 1999. My profile

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