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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chicago Tribune Held Story On Illinois Governor

The Chicago Tribune released a statement concerning its investigation of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Gerould Kern, Executive Editor of the Trib, said in part,

As a standard practice, our reporters contact individuals involved in these stories for confirmation and comment prior to publication....On occasion, prosecutors asked us to delay publication of stories, asserting that disclosure would jeopardize the criminal investigation. In isolated instances, we granted the requests, but other requests were refused....In each case, we strive to make the right decision as reporters and as citizens. That's what we did in this case.

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