We are always uncomfortable when the newspaper is part of a controversy that makes news. In this case, it was not of our own making.

Three Moreau Town Board members stated publicly at this week’s public meeting that what they said in a June 13 meeting was not true. Supervisor Gardner Congdon called The Post-Star “fake news” even thought he had not read the story.

So we checked.

Moreau records audio on all its Town Board meetings, so reporter Kathleen Moore went back and checked her reporting. She found the exact point in the meeting when the board spoke critically about officials in the Moreau youth leagues. At this week’s meeting, they denied saying those things and told the youth league officials that our reporter made it up.

But a review on the tape – something anyone can do by going to the Moreau webpage – found that our reporting was accurate.

When it was brought to Congdon’s attention that he was wrong, he apologized to the reporter, but didn’t back off on his statement of “fake news.” He seemed to be standing by that characterization.

That’s reprehensible on his part and shows a lack of character.

The entire board seemed to be more concerned about saving their own hides than to set the record straight.

That’s what we did in Thursday’s newspaper.



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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