Empire article left out name of hotel

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I suppose the next time I go into the Baranof Hotel I should keep my back to the wall even if I'm not attending a legislative reception. And the same with the Goldbelt Hotel and other downtown accommodations. Any of them could be the "downtown hotel" left unidentified in Monday's Juneau Empire ("Woman arrested in hotel knifing").

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Actually, I feel completely safe in any of those fine establishments and, physically at least, with the large majority of our lawmakers. What scares me is the inexcusable journalism demonstrated by the Empire, which has long practiced a disgusting policy of selectively ignoring the essential, basic questions the soggiest-behind-the-ears cub reporter is taught to answer: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

It's unfortunate that all the downtown hotels, by the Empire's standard of public information, should be suspected as the place where someone got knifed in their room. Much worse, the Empire has demonstrated, beyond question, that it considers the financial interests of any particular business to be more important than the public's right to know.

What else does the Empire leave out of its reports each day? How are any of us to know?

Bob Tkacz


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