No need to talk about it (Updated! You’ve got to read this.)

BrookfieldNOW has removed the forum on aldermen and health insurance. No correction to their front page story, though.

Keep in mind my comment in the forum was the only thing to explain to BrookfieldNOW readers how wrong that article was on the issue.

Update – Ahah! The BrookfieldNOW headline online has been changed to “Should aldermen be able to access city health insurance?” No more “Should aldermen get health insurance.” I’ll have to read more carefully to see if they’ve changed the story without doing a correction.

Update 2 – Indeed the phrase “drawing health insurance from the city” has been removed from the online story.

The original paragraph printed in today’s delivered version of BrookfieldNOW:

Brookfield officials are once again considering a move that would block aldermen and the municipal judge from drawing health insurance from the city and possibly extend a freeze on elected officials’ salaries until 2014.

The new lead paragraph:

Brookfield officials are once again considering a move that would block aldermen and the municipal judge from participating in the city’s health insurance plan and possibly extend a freeze on elected officials’ salaries until 2014.

So, this little exercise is to remind you to believe very little printed in those papers. Ink does not make it truth. And obviously, by changing the story without an admission of correction, integrity is no longer a journalistic goal.

With luck, the good thing to come from this mess is that a reporter will no longer lend an ear to Alderman put-me-on-the-front-page Scott Berg.

Comments

  1. Wilson828 says:

    Right. The old saying, you can’t believe everything you read in the paper is very true. A sad reality for many.

    What is lacking in the MSM serving our market is the lack of professionalism and accountability for what they report on and how they do it. They lack the realization that they can influence opinion and feelings on various issues by not reporting fairly and accurately. It’s important to report just the facts and both sides of an issue. When you quote someone, don’t just quote a part of the statement – it changes the context of the real statement.

    Leave the editorial banter to the entertainment writers … radio talk shows and others who sensationalize.