Claim: The Oklahoman slow-played Reuters’ Chesapeake Energy probe

Letter to Romenesko

From ANONYMOUS: The media buzz here in Oklahoma City is around how The Oklahoman slow-played and underplayed a huge story today. This morning, Reuters broke an investigation about Chesapeake Energy, one of our largest companies.

For most of the day, The Oklahoman website’s only mention of the story was on its energy blog, posted at 10:52, nearly 3 hours after the Reuters story broke online. There was no appearance of the story on the front page of NewsOK.com until after 2 p.m.

This play produced some quick ridicule on social media and online. The Lost Ogle [linked in the last sentence] is the city’s leading media criticism and satirical blog.

I’ve invited The Oklahoman to comment.

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