Vail Daily Editor’s View: Lessons to learn
Vail, CO, Colorado
Every once in awhile, the local paper stubs its toe, says something wrong and pays the price in outrage.
Such was the case last week when a deadline release about burglaries included some raw description that slipped through all the way into print.
There’s no need to waste our breath blaming the dummy who uttered the words, basically telling police that a suspect looked like what he imagined a Jewish person would look like.
Sigh. In this community, we know that people of the Jewish faith and heritage don’t have a particular look — like, say, someone of Irish ethnicity would look a lot like … me.
The editor on duty when the brief came through happens to be Jewish himself and is as proud and sensitive about his heritage as anyone I’ve met. He and others that night made a mistake of oversight.
But all are fundamentally good people and good journalists. They’ll be better for this experience, painful as it is and as awful as they feel.
Meantime, we all are learning how intensely this paper is read – when we’ve done well as when we’ve screwed up.
Don Rogers is the editor and publisher of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-748-2920. He welcomes your comments.
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