Detroit Free Press Phones It In

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

According to Tim Higgins' front-page story in Wednesday's Detroit Free Press, "Chrysler's new chief executive office and chairman, addressed more than 300 senior executives at an all-day meeting Tuesday at Hyatt Regency Dearborn." Turns out Nardelli was sick on Tuesday. When the error was flagged, the Freep added this little ditty to the online version: "Correction: This story has been corrected since it was originally posted. The timing of CEO Bob Nardelli's address to executives was incorrect in early versions of this story. Nardelli is expected to speak to Chrysler execs today (Wednesday)." Yes, well, that's not much of an explanation is it? Clearly,Mr. Higgins wrote his report based on an advance copy of the speech. Oops. The next day, the gang over at The Detroit News felt obliged to include this info in their [follow-up?] story: "Nardelli was ill Tuesday and unable to address the group of 300 top Chrysler executives during the first day of a two-day meeting." They should talk. The Detroit News' relied on unnamed "sources" for its report on Nardelli's speech. As the Brits say, when you're in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging.

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  • Detroit-X Detroit-X on Sep 02, 2007

    This is par for the course here in Detroit. For a major city (population-wise, of course), the media agencies efforts and credibiltiy always seem to be sub-par. As for Nardelli, I'm already tired of looking at his fat face.

  • Cynder Cynder on Sep 02, 2007

    Anchorage to Miami (strangely both markets are run by McClatchy), Journalists are often tied to their ivory tower -- newsrooms no longer have the ability or staffing necessary to cover actual events. It's a facade that they're actually at these events. Matter of fact, the public calls in most activity that is covered. At least TV news will go get film footage of the house fires and car wrecks they cover. As a side note, Gannett owns the Freep and isn't noted for it's high journalism standards, good corporate practices or even for having a particularly witty mission statement.

  • Dynamic88 Dynamic88 on Sep 02, 2007

    RF Thought you were taking weekends off? Anyway, my point was that nothing in the Freep article was telling anyone anything they hadn't learnd on the net 3 days before. Yes, it's true BEB didn't actually address the group on Tues., and there is that "gotchya" factor, but in the larger scheme of things, why does it matter? A third rate paper writes an article based on an advance copy. I would expect nothing more. It's not as if a real live reporter from the Freep, in attendance at the actual meeting, was going to ask BEB tough questions about Chrysler's future.

  • Mikey Mikey on Sep 02, 2007

    Yes dynamic 88 your right theres nothing we didn't allready know. But 3rd rate paper or not.credibility has been compromised. I read the Freep everyday on line.Now every story or event I read I'll take with a grain of salt.