Our judgment error causes pain

A note from the publisher

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By Dan Haley


In an online post on Tuesday and in our print edition today, Wednesday Journal printed a news article that followed up on the recent death of an Oak Park woman.

While factually accurate and based on public information, the article was completely tone deaf as it included details related to her death that had no purpose in being published. The inclusion of this information was contrary to our editorial policies and, more importantly, fully at odds with the essential values of trust and respect which we work hard each day to build with our readers.

Clearly there was a vital miscommunication internally and for that I take full responsibility.

I recognize the intense pain we have caused both this family and the wider community with our reporting. I offer our deepest apology and regret.

This is damage that cannot be easily undone. There is pain here that we have intensified.

For those of you who have called me to express your upset, sent an e-mail, posted on Facebook or have added comments to our online coverage, I offer my thanks. We made a serious error in editorial judgment and the criticism is deserved.

Once more my apologies to the family and our community.

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Amber Ladeira from Forest Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 4:28 AM

Dear Dan Haley: This sorry episode is not unique in the Forest Park Review. Several years ago, in the heat of local campaign season, a commissioner disliked by a FPR writer printed his mother's name and address in a negative piece. Such an irrelevant, shameful lack of propriety and attention to privacy is unprofessional, a lapse I'll never forget.

Jolyn Crawford  

Posted: December 9th, 2015 4:21 PM

Totally unnecessary...she is at rest now and only family and close friends need to know all that!

Kathleen Hanrahan from Forest Park  

Posted: December 9th, 2015 4:15 PM

The article was beyond cruel and completely unnecessary. Just Horrible!

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