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Tagged: / Posted: 4 March 2009

This is what passes for an arrest story in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090303/NEWS/903031996/1007?Title....

Local guy, but no mention of his business name and no attempt to find out what he has to say about the charges.

The reporter barely bothered to mix around the words of the official press release:

http://birmingham.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel09/bh030309.htm.

What's worse, I tried to post the above on the paper's public forum, but the entry never appeared.

Still worse is the fact that the same one-source news release accusing a business principal of corruption is going out over the AP wire as-is.

Free press, my ass. The news is whatever they say it is

Update update

Added: 4 March 2009

I revisited the forum comment thing. It went up here: http://forums.tuscaloosanews.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5981059265/m/8671004.... Wonder how long it will last?

Update

Added: 4 March 2009

Looks like the defendant's lawyer saw the story online and sent the paper a press release to put up in the final print and online versions. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090304/NEWS/903042982/1007?Title...

Usually errors and revisions make the original stories disappear. The one-sided original that was up all day is still intact. Looks like their memory hole manager missed this one.

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