Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A few weeks ago, I wrote this in my Weekly Wide Web column (bold added for emphasis):
Arizonadailyindependent.com stretches the very idea of independence. It isn't exactly terrible, but it's close, generally either reworking the same press releases everyone gets, or mangling news stories to fit some sort of agenda (seemingly to get Republicans elected). The worst part is that some people seem to read the site like it's a trustworthy news source, despite the fact that none of the stories have bylines, and that most of the so-called facts that are used lack any sort of attribution.
Guess what? Most of the stories are still attributed to ADI News Services, which I'm pretty sure is not an actual thing that exists, but a few stories now are actually attributed to "L Hunnicutt," presumably Loretta Hunnicutt, who you might remember as a founding member of Tucsonans United for Sound Districts and who I remember as the person who called to yell at me a few weeks ago.
While we're a long way from either a readable website or actual attribution for authors and information, this is a quality start, taking some responsibility for the stories that appear on the Arizona Daily Independent. Thanks to the ADI staff for reading my column and taking my advice seriously.