Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bad Faith Bargaining

House Republicans appear to be the roadblock on reaching a state budget compromise.
From the Star Tribune:
House Republicans appeared to reject the DFL offer even before it was tendered, passing out a press release moments before the DFL news conference that predicted the "lack of a serious response by the DFL will lead to a government shutdown."
Perhaps voters should make up their mind now about voting the GOP out of office instead of waiting to hear what the candidates have to say. After all, turnabout is fair play.


Blogger Hammer said...

FYI -- your quote does not appear in the linked page.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Michael M said...

Thanks for pointing that out. I've emailed the Strib asking why the information was removed from the story. I will post their response (if any) here.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Michael M said...

I asked the writer of the article if the information was removed because it was not accurate. Here is her reply:
No, it's accurate. We had a lot of other information to get into the paper as the afternoon developed, so we dropped this passage. Happens all the time. Thanks for reading, nice to hear from attentive customers.


11:52 AM  
Blogger Hammer said...

Thanks for following up. Odd, though, that they drop such an interesting paragraph. It could be a real story, I think. All depends on the exact timing.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Michael M said...

Patricia Lopez-the other reporter on the story also wrote back:

"Gosh, if I'd known that paragraph was going to get such a response I would have kept it in! Yours is the second email today I've gotten that asks that question. It was completely accurate, but you saw an early online version. Those typically get updated throughout the day and often get rewritten for the next day's paper. That's what happened here. "

Reporters often think readers/viewers/listeners don't care about the details like this so they often get edited out for space. However, when you let reporters and editors know that those details DO MATTER they get included.

3:05 PM  

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