On Monday I sent an email to my members to provide them an update on one of our active issues. Somehow, this email got sent to a reporter who decided to do an entire story based on my email WITHOUT EVER CALLING ME! Seriously, in the article it actually says, “XXX wrote in an e-mail message to members today.”
Now, this email was relatively harmless, however it did provide information on what the Government “intended” to do. So, it was not something I wanted in the press. Thisreporter does an entire story on it, and it gets picked up by a bunch of other reporters. It even got carried as BREAKING NEWS by one publication. Who does an ENTIRE story based on an email? How lazy is that? No other sources? No leg work? No PHONE CALL TO ME??????????
So here we sit, 3 days later and I am getting hounded by reporters asking me if this is going to happen. It stinks, because now I am not so sure I am going to be privy to advance information in the future.
The whole thing hacks me off. How do you do a story without calling the source? Isn’t that sub par journalism? Where are the ethics? All I can tell you is that reporter won’t get crap from me in the future!
(As you can tell, this really hacked me off…I am blogging about this several days after it happened…imagine my reaction on Monday!).