GREENSBORO, NC -- I can't stop laughing.
Apparently kicked off by a report in the News & Record, Greensboro's media jumped all over the newly-released transcripts of a recording of former city manager Mitchel Johnson firing former police chief David Wray in 2006.
One minor detail though: The transcripts were released six years ago.
Under the original headline "Transcript in Greensboro police scandal now public," (since changed), the News & Record reported (emphasis added):
"It was a meeting that had ripple effects across city government.
"It led to a police chief resigning, a city manager being fired and several new politicians being elected into office.
"And now, the details of that closed-door meeting are open for public review."
WGHP rushed in to report (emphasis added):
"Seventeen pages of newly-released transcripts read like a never-ending saga"
Cut to City Council representative Zack Matheny:
"It's finally, at this point, seven years later, coming out to what actually happened."
Cut to City Council representative Marikay Abuzuaiter:
Not to be left out, WFMY jumped on the goofwagon and reported:"Once I review the information am I going to change any personal feelings I may have had in the past? That's going to be huge for me, that's going to be a huge informational overload that I am going to have to filter through."
"A transcript of that 'private' conversation is now public."WFMY's accompanying video
Then, just when everyone was having so much fun, along comes Ben Holder to spoil the blunderfest by reminding us that this "new" information was released six years ago. He posts video of the City Council approving release of the information on September 17, 2007 and of WXII reporting on it two days later:
WFMY report of the release in 2007 too:
Council Releases Audio Conversation Between Johnson and Wray
WFMY News 2
Sep 19, 2007
Most sad though is that the progenitor of this week's mass amnesia, the News & Record, had also covered the original release of this information in 2007 but this somehow eluded them this week even though the original reporter still works at the News & Record:
Wray Lockout Transcript Released
News & Record, by Margaret Moffett Banks
September 19, 2007