News-Miner reporting reaches new levels of one-sided reporting and incompetence.
In a story, uncorrected as of today, references “removed”:
“The wood boilers at the Straughn property, which Walleri said were removed from the property, had stickers showing they complied with Environmental Protection Agency regulation, but Walleri claims in practice, they weren’t.” Attorney says manufacturer, retailer share blame for wood boiler pollution 6/26/2013 FDNM
In today’s story, the reporter notes he was told by Michael Walleri, the attorney for the Straughns, defendants in the Woodriver case, that the outdoor wood-burning hydronic heaters were “dismantled”:
‘The News-Miner incorrectly stated in a previous story that the boilers had been removed as of Tuesday. Walleri had said the boilers had been “dismantled” and were in the process of being removed.’ State faults wood stove owners for years of pollution 6/27/2013 FDNM
Then, today’s article includes the current status of the boilers according to the attorney for the state, Seth Beausang, “unplugged”:
‘Beausang said that a recent DEC inspection of the boilers found they had only been “unplugged” and could be made operational without much time or effort.’ State faults wood stove owners for years of pollution 6/27/2013 FDNM
Since when does “unplugged” mean “dismantled”? How easy is it to flat-out lie to a reporter? As easy as it is to lie to a judge and jury?
Mr. Walleri should be ashamed. Central Boiler, the boilers’ manufacturer, should hire themselves another attorney.
Come on Fairbanks Daily News-Miner! People believe what they read in the paper. The defense in Alaska v. Straughn is playing the paper like a fiddle, fabricating fiction for potential jurors and positioning themselves for a beneficial settlement.
Missing from the pages of the News-Miner’s years of coverage on these poisonous boilers are interviews from victims with a description of how they have been harmed by Straughns’ smoke.
Judge Robert Downes listened to the victims. Why won’t the News-Miner? Balanced coverage and ethical journalism demand it.