A Needed Break For a Wronged Maine Island
As readers of Donovan Graham’s blog know all too well, Mr. Graham violated numerous ethical tenets in a recent entry. As a result, the Sun has been forced to publicly apologize to the people he offended.
To ensure that he understands the seriousness of his actions, I have decided to silence his voice for today. I will let him return to posting blog entries here tomorrow, assuming I’m convinced that he has matured significantly as a journalist.
The Sun often hires newly minted graduates of journalism schools, and I understand that beginning reporters make mistakes. Nevertheless, I am the editor of this paper, and it is my responsibility to guarantee Sun readers that the material published in our pages and on our Web site is factual, fair, and balanced. Mr. Graham’s earlier blog entry did not meet that standard, and so I have taken action.
If he demonstrates the necessary contrition, I will let him return to this space. For now, however, I invite our readers to enjoy the other fine items on this Web site.
Kate Fisher, editor
Comment — Anaconda6645: This is unconstitutional, Kate Fisher. Haven’t you heard of Freedom of the Press? Van has a right to publish if he wants to.
Comment — Orson Van Dyke: Not so, Mr. Anaconda. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits Congress from passing laws restricting the freedom of the press. But that amendment does not actually allow anyone to do anything. And as a privately owned business, the Eastport Sun has the right to decide what goes on its Web site and what does not.
Comment — Kate Fisher, editor: Mr. Van Dyke is right. As the editor, I decide what to publish and what to throw in the trash. You want the same freedom? Get your own press.
Comment — Donovan Graham: Gimmeafreakinbreak……
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