‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ Apologizes For Recycling 3 Year Old News On Its Front Page.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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I happened to see this, online, when I was trying to see if Christopher Boothby had managed to win his GOP primary.

Cracked me up.

But, my immediate reaction was: ‘so what is new?’

The real pertinent question is did they manage to get it RIGHT the second time around since there is a fairly good chance that they, per their wont, didn’t get it 100% right the first time around 3 years ago.

I guess Ed Engler, the new Mayor of Laconia, is still the Editor. So, come on, cut him some slack. Ed had enough on his plate even before he was mayor; e.g. one and two.

Plus, Ed, to his eternal credit, has never really worried too much about getting the facts right. Though I don’t think he ever worked for IBM, he appears to have taken to heart an endearing IBM adage that all of ol’ time IBMers used to be taught: “don’t confuse the issue with facts!”. Like so many of the other IBM adages this was very practical. My other favorite IBM adage, which I heard over and over again, and is very, very true, is: “you can’t make anything foolproof because fools are SO resourceful”.

Remember Ed and his ‘University of Whales‘.

So, cut them some slack. Recycling old news is one way to fill up the pages — when they FORGET their other old trick, printing the same story twice or even thrice with different headlines knowing that 96% of their readership will NOT notice it.

I also think that it is no longer possible to read ‘The Sun’ online without subscribing. C’est la vie. I don’t think I will bother to subscribe. Plus from what I can see they have NOT updated their ‘Past Issues’, i.e., archive, at all in 2014. OK, to be fair again, this is only the 3rd week in January and Ed has been BUSY. So that is OK too. As you might have noticed from my prior story I just went to the ‘Concord Monitor‘ instead.

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