7.30.2007

Oh, My

That may be worse than the infamous "Megaplex Opening In Chico" story from a few years back.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

stupid people kill me!!

Anonymous said...

The good 'ol award-winning Mess!

Anonymous said...

THAT IS THE MESSENGER AT IT'S BEST

RPM said...

The rumors of her death were greatly exaggerated. What award do they win for that?

Anonymous said...

OK, now I have to know! What was the "megaplex opening in Chico" story you are referring to?

Anonymous said...

"Correction of an article in yesterday's Update of an article in Sunday's Messenger. It wasn't actually Mary Odell and she isn't actually from Bridgeport and she isn't actually in serious condition and she isn't actually at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth and she didn't actually have an accident and she wasn't actually on US 380. Other than that, we stand by the facts in our story."

Anonymous said...

My wife is having the false deceased flag that Equifax is currently posting to loan inquirers like http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/yourmoney/bal-bz.consuming08may08,0,7343925.column?coll=bal-home-columnists
Do you, Barry, have experience suing Equifax or CSCCREDIT? (Probably hopeless as they seem to be an endless pit if you try to contact them?)!!
Her equifax report shows nothing wrong!
Mary Odell may have to check her equifax/csccredit flags?

Anonymous said...

I hope the Messenger has enough sense to send the family a written apology for making such a horrible mistake.

Anonymous said...

Didn't they cover themselves by using their usual obituary lingo for funerals of "was to have been"? That way, if it didn't happen then they are OK!

Anonymous said...

They dont call it the Wise County Wiper for nothing!!

Anonymous said...

OK, let's learn from this. Be carefull reading the Messenger, be skeptical the whole story is being reported, bank on there being a slant if Decatur elite are involved, and spend some time finding out what wasn't in the news.

Anonymous said...

12:03:

A few ytears ago there was a news release that some big movie theater company was opening a 12-mo0vie megaplex to Chico... the Messenger chased it down and discovered they meant Chico CALIF. and not Chico Texas... funny stuff, and the Messenger did it the right way, approaching the story with caution and searching to get the accurate information

BSG said...

Not to do Messenger bashing, but I'm pretty sure I remember seeing a front page story in the paper announcing the multi-screen theater opening in Chico, TX. It was only in the next issue when the correction was printed. I think this was in the early 1990s.

Anonymous said...

Barry you are correct I recall that headline. It basically took up the entire front page. I was thinking it came out in 93 or 94.

Anonymous said...

It was in the late 90's since it happened after we moved here in 97.

People were so excited but if they thought about it why in the hell would they put a mega plex in Chico of all places.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever noticed that none of those "awards" that are given away that the Messenger gets involve "accuracy".

Anonymous said...

Barry, I was a member of the Messenger newsroom at the time, so it happened in late 1998, I believe. And like I said earlier, the Messenger approached it cautiously and we all wondeered the same thing: "Why in Chico?!" However, that's the information we were receiving. If I remember correctly, the story was almost a bit tongue-in-cheek when it was written.
And I realize this is a great opportunity to bash the Messenger for all those who don't like the paper for whatever reason. However, in this case, it was done the right way.

Anonymous said...

from 11:36/2:59/8:42:

And something else...

For all you know-it-alls that think the Messenger is nothing but one big screw-up, try to retrieve and dispense information yourselves sometime. It can be a difficult thing at times. It's a lot harder than hearing someone talking about it in Walmart or the coffee shop. Investigating a story is sometimes easy, sometimes hard. However, there are just as many people who think and know the Messenger is one of the best newspapers in the state. You people are lucky to have it. Anyone who believes differently, go read the Index sometime.
I just wish all you haters out there realized how silly and pathetic you sound when you take potshots at something you know nothing about...

Anonymous said...

I'll have to agree with you - the Messenger is on the receiving end of so many criticisms, yet so many of you truly don't know what it's like to work on such a publication. And, no I haven't worked for the Mess, but I have worked for the Index, and let me tell you, it was a sad sight, how many journalism rules they dismissed. Nice people, just no regard for good journalism. There truly is no comparison in the two, and I am thankful we have the Messenger for our local, state and national news. Are they always correct or accurate? No, nor is the FWST, DMN, etc. Good luck finding a better local publication because it'll be tough!

Denney Crane said...

I like the Index better due to it's extensive research and graphics of their display ads. That's the only reason anyone reads it...to see their own ad...

Anonymous said...

Both papers are what they are- small time publications that leave alot to be desired.But a mistake of that magnitude(at any paper)is inexcusable and unforgivable. But hell, at least it was'nt accompanied by a Joe Duty photo.