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Daily Reflector Executive Editor Al Clark on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Aileen Devlin

Daily Reflector Executive Editor Al Clark on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Clark: Daunting and costly task

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The recent Rolling Stone magazine retraction of a major investigative story about a young woman being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party gives cold chills to any journalist, but even more does it spawn waves of incredulity.

How could a story that turned out to be so wrong pass all the routine tests and standards that journalists use to measure their work? Sometimes the ends loom so large as to suggest justifying questionable means.

In this case, the magazine hoped to develop a major piece on sexual violence on college campuses and was looking for a specific incident around which to base its report. As it turned out, the story of one young woman at the University of Virginia seemed to fit that need — maybe it fit too well.

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sorry Al, Your newspaper doesn't do investigative work

You are way, way too conservative, therefore you write about benign stuff like 40 year old golf stories, old cars and messy teenage rooms- very irrelevant stuff. ---------------------------------------Try something like this that really hits home. " Dana Cope, the former director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, racked up nearly a half-million dollars in unjustified spending and credit card transactions, according to a summary of an audit released Saturday. Cope repeatedly and willfully turned SEANC’s money to his own use, according to a letter from executive director Mitch Leonard, who took over in February. Cope resigned two days after The News & Observer reported on questionable credit card transactions and SEANC payments to a landscaping company that was performing extensive work at Cope’s house. "------------------------------------------------------------ This is relevant but never in the DR, not while Al is in charge.

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