Dana Gray, editor of the Caledonian-Record in St. Johnsbury, VT, was quick to tell me this afternoon that he wasn’t responsible for his paper’s “Fry Rice” poster.
“It was the production side,” he says. “This wasn’t a function of the editorial side.”
What did he think about the poster?
“I’d just as soon stay out of it.”
Gray, who joined the 9,500-circulation paper in 1994 and was named editor in 2008, tells Romenesko readers that “the feedback has been social media pretty much. I’ve taken no calls from readers. I believe there may have been one letter to the editor.”
By the way, Rice wasn’t fried on Thursday night; the basketball team won 48-40 in overtime.
AS A SIDE NOTE… I got a good scolding this morning from Mark M. Smith. He wrote:
I have just opened my e-mail and found a message from you. I went to your blog and found a reference to contacting the publisher of the Caledonian-Record. You have not done so.
As a trained journalist, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1972, Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University, 1973, it is basic to have accurate information before you start asking questions. I am NOT publisher of the Caledonian-Record and have not been for 3 years. I am the corporate president of The Caledonian-Record Publishing Company Inc, the owner of The Caledonian-Record, The Orleans County Record, The Littleton Record, The Lancaster Record and The Woodsville Record. I am also semi-retired and a resident of Bulverde, Texas. I will adress [sic] any issues you may have with any of these publications when I return to Vermont in late June.
Thank you and have a good day.
Mark M. Smith
Dear Mr. Smith: I’m sorry I interrupted your semi-retirement with my email, but I went to your newspaper’s Contact Us section yesterday and this is what I found: Mark M. Smith, publisher.
UPDATE: The newspaper updated its Contact Us page after I posted this. Here’s how it looked until late Friday afternoon.
* Racist or tasteless? Sign supporting team draws national criticism (wptz.com)
* The paper will have an editorial about the poster in Saturday’s paper (burlingtonfreepress.com)
* Earlier: WTF were they thinking with “Fry Rice” poster is right! (jimromenesko.com)