I've pretty much given up on asking the N&R to vet LTE for basic accuracy before printing them. Roch still tries, but after all these years the message from Market Street is clear: We don't care.
Today's example gets my attention because it's about a story in which I have some personal involvement: the possible relocation of Women's Hospital to the Moses Cone campus. This is and should be a topic of community discussion, and the daily paper is an important part of that discussion. Too bad its contribution this morning is to sow fear and confusion by publishing without comment a bit of serious misinformation.
"I’m due to have my baby in October of this year and was saddened to hear that the only facility in Greensboro for women may be closing a few weeks before I deliver," writes Kendra Turner of McLeansville.
That would be harsh. But the possible move would not happen until 2019.
Part of the problem may lie with the News & Record article Ms. Turner relied upon, which omitted the essential fact. Still, you'd think a newspaper editor would be able to glean from the story that any possible closure is far from imminent. But that would require an editor to think about the letter before publishing it.
My resignation about the LTE is part of larger rethinking of my expectations from the N&R. There is no evident plan to rebuild it into one of the best newspapers in the south, as it once was, much less a leader in digital media. Its aspirations appear to be small-time and small-town. Good work still appears with some frequency, but that does not seem to be management's goal.
So it feels futile to complain at this point about yet another day of front-paging a boosterish take on the local PGA tour event [post updated with Sunday A1 -- again with the golf] instead of, say, doing some reporting on what the huge national story about militarizing the police means in GSO. The news hole is up for sale, and the opinion section is on autopilot. It is what it is. Move on.