Presses were stopped at Cincinnati Enquirer over the weekend after someone spotted “Fuck” in a photo. Thousands of Sunday papers were tossed out and the photo was changed for the new run.
“This is the same Louisville ‘design hub’ which inserted the word “fuck” in the Greenville News back in December,” a Romenesko reader writes. “Digital copies of the offending Enquirers haven’t appeared because the photo was caught early in the run. Only a a few thousand of those papers got delivered. The remainder of the offending papers were destroyed at the printing plant. It’s no closely guarded secret. Editor Carolyn Washburn has been fielding reader complaints and discussed the response with staff.”
She distributed this memo — first posted on Gannett Blog — on Monday afternoon:
Sent: Mon 4/16/2012 4:10 PM
From: Carolyn Washburn
To: Cin-News Users
Subject: in case you are getting calls about a photo in Sunday’s paper
A photo ran on the state government page of a protestor holding up a sign that used the word f#*&. It was caught on the press and replated but it still went out to several thousand homes.
Here is how I am responding.
Yes, the photo was completely inappropriate, on many levels.
I learned about this after midnight Saturday when someone in our operation saw this photo and alerted us. We stopped the presses to change the photo and threw out thousands of papers still sitting at our dock. Unfortunately a few thousand papers had already gone out to carriers.
I deeply apologize and am working this morning to understand why this photo was chosen in the first place and why it was not caught sooner. I take this very seriously.
Again, I apologize.