Monday, November 21, 2011

Great headline, totally false, but great!

It's just a small detail at the start of the news story, right? Not even 20 words, so maybe one shouldn't complain. But for integrity's sake, someone has to correct the record. So here goes:

Please, Gazette editors: issue a retraction for your latest story about Voyageur Foundation. The headline - which we fear might be the only part some readers read - is false.

Your headline:

Lawyer Richard DeVries was the intended target in a murder-for-hire plot by an angry investor of the Voyageur Foundation.

For the record:

- Mr.  Djokich is not a member of Voyageur Foundation.
- He has never had any dealings with Voyageur Foundation.
- Voyageur Foundation has no connection with any murder-for-hire plot!
- Voyageur Foundation does not have investors.
- Voyageur Foundation is an investor's club - not an investment.

The only link between Mr. Djokich and Voyageur Foundation is the fact that a Gazette reporter has decided to place the two names in the same "news" story.

This is not the first time the Gazette has created a connection to make a great, but false, headline. Earlier this year, the same reporter claimed a "link" between Voyageur Foundation and the ex president of Nicaragua, a connection that is not only untrue, but it is also damaging. The Gazette has yet to publish a correction to this story.

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