Chris Charvella Case: Putting a comment in context
Since the Batavia Daily News is not likely to run this correction themselves, we'll run it for them.
In the Daily's story about Chris Charvella's arrest, there is this paragraph:
"Charvella responded with an additional blog, according to state police. It included the comment 'I'm going to travel around the district and puncture Republican tires.'"
There are multiple problems with this one short paragraph.
First, the context is though Charvella is responding to events in November. But the quote above is from June 2. It was not a response to anything regarding election signs in November.
Second, it is not "an additional blog." A blog is a website with multiple entries on it. A blog post is an item posted on a blog. People can comment on blog posts. These are called comments.
In this case, Chris left a comment on a blog post. And there was nothing "additional" about it in context of current events. The comment had nothing to do with the sign issue and was not directed at Jay Grasso.
Third, the comment did not appear on Charvella's personal blog, as the story would lead you to believe. It was posted on The Batavian (something, of course, the Daily could never admit).
Fourth, it's completely out of context. Here's what Chris wrote:
Charlie, I'm going to do what any political hack worth their salt would do. Starting at midnight on November 2nd, I'm going to travel around the district and puncture Republican tires :)
Note, the emoticon at the end -- a clear signal, it's a joke, but the emoticon was not included in the Daily's quote.
UPDATE: As of 10:08 a.m., without acknowledging the error or putting the comment in context, the Daily has removed the paragraph from its story completely. It's possible, considering the timing, it may still appear in the print story.
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