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Derrick shames the Edgefield Advertiser for second week in a row
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 26, 2010
COLUMN – It is a shame that Suzanne Derrick, the
“publisher/editor” of the Edgefield Advertiser, would rather continue
proclaiming her make-believe world rather than own up to her false
claims she published on Augusta 18. After exposing her phony
fully expected to see her run a retraction in the August 25 edition of
the paper. I suppose that was foolish on my part. Instead she continues
to make unreal claims and apparently is in need of vocabulary lessons
as well as lessons in journalistic integrity.
In the small item titled “Errata” in the Wednesday, August 25 edition
of the discredited paper,
something I will discuss later, Ms. Derrick now claims that the article
she published was not ready for publication and was just a “draft” that
was published by “mistake”. The odd thing is, when I contacted her last
week after being advised of the false claims she made in the published
piece she stated it was to be published that week as an editorial
written “by the editor” and confirmed she penned the piece.
Yet, she now claims the article was awaiting “interviews” of the people
she mentions as she recounts their story in the article.
In addition, in the article she told in full detail, even mentioning
the date and time of how the understandably deeply grieved mother
learned of her son’s death that Ms. Derrick falsely claimed was learned
Daily and how horrible and
devastating it was for her, and how irresponsible I was for allowing
his name to be printed. Something that has been proven as an outright
lie (with the exception that the entire family was devastated when
notified of the death by the Edgefield County Coroner’s Office, not
The libelous screed was presented as complete by identifying the tragic
death of the young man by name, and therefore his mother, the time of
his 6 am death, the mother [falsely reported as] reading the report at
7:30 am, and mentioning the “daily” internet news provider (in
Edgefield County that is solely Edgefield Daily) who had the exclusive
on the fatal crash.
It was published with the intention to draw on the heartstrings of her
readers in order to maliciously disparage Edgefield Daily, my position
as the founder and editor of the my media company, and my personal
character and reputation for something that never happened.
And yet Suzanne Derrick, even being given the chance to retract her
false attack, reaches further into the gutter in an effort to explain
away her misdeeds with more excuses.
In the August 25 edition of the Edgefield Advertiser Ms. Derrick cannot
even bring herself to publish the word “correction”. Instead she
misuses a word (errata), a word she thinks the common folk who buy the
would not understand while she is mildly admitting to a “mistake”
thereby hoping the reader would not bother reading something with a
title they do not comprehend.
However, the word errata is used in book publishing to state that pages
included after the original publication were added to the body of work
distribution. The term may be used in any form of publishing, so in
some way it could include newspapers. However, it is used to denote
additional information provided at the time of distribution, not as a
correction to false information presented in the previous publication
unless otherwise denoted.
Furthermore, Ms. Derrick goes on to claim that the interviews for the
“editorial/article” had not yet taken place and still have not been
made, “before the redacted (ready for publishing) article is printed in
Redacted, in the media industry, means material “taken out” for
“sensitive reasons”, and not material “ready for publication”, as Ms.
Derrick falsely stated.
To show just how deep the false attack on Edgefield Daily published by
Ms. Derrick was against me
personally, she now has admitted - by her own
published explanations - that she wrote an article with a preconceived
viciousness and bias to a predetermined outcome long before she even
contacted the people she named to back up her false claims published
If the Edgefield Advertiser expects to continue as a legitimate news
publication in Edgefield County, Suzanne Derrick has to step down and
return the publication responsibilities to the honorable members of the
Mims family who stand on truth and honesty - which earned the historic
paper the reputation it has, or sadly, had.
As long as she is in control of the publication, nothing published by
the Edgefield Advertiser can be believed as truthful as she has been
proven to engage in knowingly publishing false information and then
making up excuses to explain away her fantasy.
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