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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Poor Reporting Continues in the Cal Aggie

Last weekend we reported on an op-ed in the California Aggie criticizing Congressional Candidates Charlie Brown and Jerry McNerney, it was an article long on opinion, but that played fast and loose with the facts.

Yesterday an article appeared on Target, again it is full of inaccuracies and unchecked quotes.

For instance, Saylor is quote as saying: "The Target is projected to generate between $750,000 and $1 million in annual sales tax."

In fact, the City projects between $500,000 and $600,000 in tax revenues, and some have criticized those projections as being overly optimistic. The writer should check quoted facts before reporting them as fact.

The writer further mentioned "nearly $300 million in one-time payments that the city will receive if the store is built." The actual number is $3 million. It has since been changed on the website, but the print edition went out with the inaccurate figure.

It is one thing for us to disagree with the editor of the Aggie politically, but efforts need to be made to report things accurately.

---Doug Paul Davis reporting