An overdue salute to the Gazette for correcting an error in a recent editorial. On November 16 Mark Mahoney took Commissioners Madigan, Franck, and Scirocco to task for allegedly not inviting Mayor Yepsen and Commissioner Mathiesen to a special City Council meeting where an attorney was hired to observe the absentee ballot count of the charter votes. In fact Mayor Yepsen’s office had sent out the meeting notice so it was patently untrue that she was not notified as the editorial indignantly stated.
To the paper’s credit when the email that the Mayor sent out was brought to editor Judy Patrick’s attention she promised further investigation. The result was an article by Stephen Williams with the opening line “Mayor Joanne Yepsen knew about last Monday’s special City Council meeting”. This was reiterated in a later article by Ann Friedman that cited the Mayor’s original claim and her later reversal.
In this age of fake news it is important to recognize these efforts by the Gazette to set the record straight.