In a strangely foolish move two weeks ago (designed to make local Public Radio Station WAMC look bad?) the Warren County daily reported the following:
Warren County supervisors agreed Wednesday to spend $9,800 in occupancy tax funds for a year’s worth of advertising on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. The money buys 52 weeks of “embedded” advertising during WAMC’s morning program, The Round Table. In addition to small announcements, discussion of the county and region is integrated into the commentary on the Round Table show, explained county Budget Officer Nicholas Caimano.
The Albany Eye (a one-man band blog, not a serious newspaper like the PS is supposed to be) was quick to point out that what the Post Star was saying was that
It sounds like this means that the county will get to place guests on the show where they’ll promote events and other
tourism initiatives. Warren County
Well, that’s what it sounded like to us as well, and probably anyone else who bothered to pick up one of the
Worse yet, on Tuesday the paper’s Christine Margiotta passed the fault back to Caimano:
Warren County Budget Officer Nicholas Caimano drew sharp criticism Monday from WAMC/Northeast Public Radio over his description last week of an underwriting deal between the county and the radio station.
WAMC staff members said Caimano was out of line last week when he said
‘s status as a station underwriter would buy “embedded” advertising and commentary on WAMC’s “The Round Table” morning show. Warren County
Susan Arbetter, co-host of The Round Table show, explained Monday that underwriters have no influence over the show’s content.
“WAMC and the Round Table never do quid pro quo,” she said. “We certainly sell underwriting but there is a firewall between the underwriting department and editorial at WAMC. It’s as sacred at WAMC as it is at any newspaper.”
Fine, but here’s the rub:
Caimano said Monday his lack of understanding led him to inaccurately characterize WAMC’s underwriting process to the
of Supervisors. county Board
Ah… sure… but it was a lack of real journalism on the part of the Post Star that reported his false claim as fact and led them “to inaccurately characterize WAMC’s underwriting process to the county.”
True to form, the