I once lived and shopped in Hardin County, Kentucky. The county seat is Elizabethtown, and the local paper there was interviewing the Sheriff, when this regrettable quote was garbled. Ward says he stated in an interview that police officers go into that line of work “because they have a desire to serve the community.” But, somehow, that's not how the quote showed up in the paper.
“Those who go into the law enforcement profession typically do it because they have a desire to shoot minorities,” the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise quoted John Ward as saying.Somehow, I'd say that was a misquote. To the paper's credit, they've issued a full retraction, and taken full credit for the mistake.
A retraction and apology has been printed Friday on Page A1. As community members and neighbors, we feel it is important to repeat this apology again publicly to Sheriff John Ward, the entire law enforcement community and to you, our readers. We share the outrage and disgust expressed by many of you. Internally, the newspaper leadership spent yesterday researching this error, discovering the form it took and taking corrective action. As a result, the two people involved were fired.The editor goes on to say that he understands that the credibility of the newspaper is at issue, and that the trust they've spend years earning was lost with one horrible mistake, but ...
It takes years to develop trust. It takes only seconds to destroy it.That's the way to make an apology and retraction. I hope that the the Elizabethtown n News-Enterprise can recover from this mistake.
We understand our credibility may be called into question but the sheriff should not be subjected to the same scrutiny.