A Newspaper Confesses: We Missed the Story
Reid, Cheryl, Washington Journalism Review
When the Washington Post reported on November 22 that 10 women had accused Republican Sen. Bob Packwood of sexual harassment, the lawmaker's reputation wasn't the only one to suffer. His state's largest newspaper, the Oregonian in Portland, also took some hits.
Many readers wondered aloud why the Oregonian had missed the story. The criticism increased when the paper revealed that one of its own reporters, Roberta Ulrich, had been kissed on the lips by Packwood in his office eight months earlier.
Editor William Hilliard declined to discuss with WJR the Post story or the lengthy front page article the Oregonian printed a week later to explain why it had been scooped. But he did tell the Post on December 2 that his paper "should have been a little more aggressive. ... We were worried about ruining a man's …
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Publication information: Article title: A Newspaper Confesses: We Missed the Story. Contributors: Reid, Cheryl - Author. Magazine title: Washington Journalism Review. Volume: 15. Issue: 1 Publication date: January-February 1993. Page number: 12. © 1992 University of Maryland. COPYRIGHT 1993 Gale Group.
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