McClatchy Watch has posted a story which begins:
A tipster tells me News & Observer reporters have been told not to do any followup reporting on a man [, James Stephens,] who was named "Tar Heel of the Week" last week by the N&O, despite receiving new information the man was arrested in December for assaulting his wife.McClatchy Watch’s entire post is here.
I’ve just called N&O executive editor John Drescher to confirm the report. He said it's “not true.”
”There is no truth to a report we quashed a follow-up story on Mr. Stephens. Our readers should look forward to reading a follow-up story to the original ‘Tar Heel of the Week’ story."Asked when that story would appear, Drescher said it was being “worked on now. When all the fact-checking is complete, we’ll publish it.”
The N&O’s “Tar Heel of the Week” story featuring Stephens is here.
I’ll follow this story, Let me know if there’s some aspect of it I should be covering.