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You said it: Why didn't the Register report 'what else' Julie Farrar said about the newspaper?

Anonymous • Feb 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Story headline:
Half of Sandusky city workers lack recent evaluations

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 — 3:06 p.m. 
Cityslicker says: Why don't you tell everyone what else Julie Farrar said about the "newspaper?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 — 4:06 a.m.
Westerhold replies: Thanks for the question Cityslicker. Perhaps you attended one of the meetings that attracted city workers and a few residents. At a city commission meeting on Jan. 14, commissioner Julie Farrar stated she did not believe everything she read in the Register, referring to a sentence in an editorial Viewpoint published that same day.

Here is the sentence:  "(Farrar and commissioners Jeff Smith, Pervis Brown, Keith Grohe and ex officio mayor John Hamilton) voted for a deficit budget in 2012 presented by (city manager Nicole) Ard after just 10 minutes of discussion, a direct violation of the intent of one of city manager's 12 goals."

Farrar spoke for about 20 minutes, suggesting the sentence was inaccurate because it did not also state that commissioners Wes Poole and Diedre Cole also voted in favor of the 2012 budget.

Since the sentence was not inaccurate we did not publish a correction. We reviewed and considered posting a video clip of Farrar's comments with a story or blog. We opted against that because Farrar's comments had little news value and for various other reasons, although we continue to consider the options.  

I hope that helps. If you want a copy of the video of that commission meeting, or other past meetings, you can get that by going to City Hall at 222 Meigs St. and requesting DVD copies of the meetings you might want to review.  

Thanks again, Cityslicker, for the question. 

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