Mr. Jordan and Mr. Batchelor,
Last updated 8/22/2018 at 4:02pm
Thank you for your reaction to last week's press release submitted to us. You are absolutely right. We were so focused on news coverage and fires that less time was spent editing and it was a poor decision to run that press release on the front page, because it editorialized within the press release.
One of the things we've prided ourselves on is not editorializing in our stories and not putting editorial pieces on the front page, which is a problem nationwide right now. We have reviewed our systems and policies this week to tighten that process up to ensure this type of mistake does not occur again. As far as I know, no one on staff is for or against that Bonsall issue.
Whenever a piece has the word FALLBROOK or BONSALL in front of it and there is no writer, it is not an original piece, article or news story written by staff. That's an industry standard for submitted press releases.
In light of the situation we have revisited our policies so in light of transparency going forward will mark submitted press releases as such to make things clearer to our readers.