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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Keep your nose clean

One of the most common calls I get at the Freeman City Desk is from the person who's been arrested and wants his or her name kept out of the paper.
The answer is no. Every time.
If you read the print edition of the Freeman, you know that we publish short items, usually on page A2, recounting arrests made by local police agencies. We can't write up every arrest -- there simply are too many in the four counties that we cover -- so we long ago established guidelines about which crimes we report and which we don't. And if you get busted for one of the crimes we cover -- and the arresting police agency gives us the information, as it is supposed to do -- your name is going to be in the paper.
And if you think we make exceptions for people we know and like, or people who are prominent in the community, you're mistaken. Freeman employees have had their names in our crime stories. So have elected officials, police officers, a county sheriff, relatives of a congressman and a local bank president. The rules are the same for everyone.
There's only one sure way to avoid having your name and the word "arrested" appear in the same sentence in our paper: Stay out of trouble.

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Blogger Honest_Abe said...

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May 23, 2007 at 12:26 PM 
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May 23, 2007 at 7:31 PM 
Blogger high maintenenance said...

I do not understand why people need to be rude when they post comments...no one is forcing any one to read a blog or a paper. Why do people feel they can do someone's job better...I give them the challenge to try.

May 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM 
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May 24, 2007 at 8:33 AM 

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