From: Greg Fisher [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 9:47 PM
To: Thomas S. Monson, president, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (via L. Kirkland); Henry B. Eyring, first counselor, First Presidency, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, First Presidency, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Christopher M. Lee, EVP and publisher, DeseretNews.com, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Chris Higbee, general manager, DeseretNews.com, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ; Rick Hall, managing editor, Deseret News, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Lois M. Collins, reporter and columnist, Deseret News, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Clark Gilbert, president and CEO, Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mary McConnell, member, Editorial Advisory Board, Deseret News, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cc: Blaze Bullock, business reporter, Deseret News, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sharon S. Cook, senior VP, Marketing & Public Relations, Mountain America Credit Union
Subject: RE: credit score, employers, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints III
Dated today, another item on one of your websites states, “Your score can also be reviewed by insurance companies, landlords, and even employers.”
What is your correction policy?
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From: Greg Fisher [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:13 PM
To: Rick Hall, managing editor, Deseret News, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Subject: RE: credit score, employers, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IV
Please take this as seriously as its grave implication.
You are out of control, but no more than your industry in general (not that that should console you or make you feel that you can remain complacent). On 4 separate dates, you published items that called Mitch McConnell the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. He is not, and has never been. Correct those preposterous errors today.
On July 15, 2012, you published: “Who’s the hero? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to allow limits on campaign spending — and potentially put the American Future Fund out of business.”
On July 1, 2012, you published, “’We’ve got one last chance here to beat Obamacare, and we can do that in the November election,’ said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling the law the ‘single worst piece of legislation’ passed in modern times.”
On January 24, 2011, you reported
Late last week the Tampa Tribune laid out how Rubio is being courted by two different GOP groups within the U.S. Senate: the Tea Party and a more moderate faction led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken.
(Rubio) was one of four freshman senators chosen by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go on a trip last week to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a coveted travel slot that helps boost the profile of a new senator.
And, on October 5, 2011, you republished, “If Romney were to be elected, he would probably share power with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the House speaker, John Boehner.”
Lest we all think that you are stupid as well as incompetent, correct your revisionist American history today.
And, if you’re going to write about credit scores again, read Credit score tips, information and guidelines for journalists/reporters. Had you done so, you might have avoided this message and its permanency. I conceived creditscoring.com, the Credit Scoring Site, 15 years ago to inform journalists and legislators, but that was, apparently, for naught. Today, you report, “The secret numbers are the credit scores used by banks, landlords and employers to determine how much they can trust you to pay back home and car loans, pay rent on time and how responsible you are.”
I had to start another project, Page A2 – Media accuracy, errors and corrections, because your industry cannot get its act together. Journalism is so out-to-lunch and conniving about its biggest problem, I had no competition when registering that domain.
Who is your source regarding credit scores and/or credit reports and employers? Or, did you just make it up?
Previously, you stated: “A person’s FICO credit score (the name derives from the software that calculates it, produced by Fair Isaac Company) impacts the cost of financial services, interest rates, auto insurance and more. Prospective employers may look at it.” Then, after I alerted you to that screw-up a year ago, you changed your story, pretending that your error never existed. Why didn’t you put the correction on the original page where it might, actually, do some good—and to stand as an example, a caution to your cub reporters to get the story straight?
Although cowardly done, at least you changed it. But, what you will do for a story whose entire premise is false (indeed, including the headline) will be amusing. You duped at least one reader, who said: “Excellent article! And I agree with the hot sauce analogy–right on!”
What is your correction policy? Reply directly to this message with the answer to that question today.
I get the whole first-rough-draft-of-history excuse for sloppy journalism, but your credit score feature story of yesterday is not news. If you’re going to engage in that kind of writing, then change the name of your publication; perhaps the news search engines won’t give it so much prominence in misinforming the electorate. This goofy myth of yours has serious consequences.