Tuesday, December 22, 2009


An anonymous commenter writes:

"The Courier wrote an article several days ago claiming that a car crashed into the nonprofit People Who Care building at the Prescott United Methodist Church, seriously injuring one of their employees. It turns out they had the wrong agency and the accident actually occurred at Caring Presence, another senior care agency in the area. Despite a call from People Who Care correcting their mistake, the paper never printed a correction."

From Dec. 14: Truck crashes through Prescott building

Heather Murray pointed out the mistake in the online comments, but yes, it would be apropos for the Courier to publish a correction, because people might easily decide to not visit a business if the paper says the front's all caved in.

This leads to the issue of corrections policy, in my estimation always a weak area for the Courier. It appears that the editors believe that in general the readers don't notice or don't care about the paper's frequent egregious errors in reporting and editing, and what's published is already in the bottom of the bird cage, so why bother? It's apparently far more embarrassing to admit mistakes than to make them.

1 comment:

coyoteradiotheater said...

Yeahhhh, anyone who's seen the two buildings - the one housing Prescott People Who Care and the one housing The Caring Presence - would have known right off the latter was more vunerable to cars run amuck.

I would like to tip my hat to the admin staff of TCP, an agency that provides in-home care to Medicaid supported folks in Yavapai County, who re-opened their office within hours so there would be no disruption of service to these folks. This is where we seperate the baby-sitters from the care-givers. Kudos, y'all!