Ever read something so ridiculous you had to rub your eyes, reread it and it still made no sense?
You know, besides here on KC Confidential. We all have, but I have to tell you, I literally could not believe my eyes when I read the following graph in the Lawrence Journal World in a story about murdered 52 year-old CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold Sasko and his alleged murderer and former live in hottie, 19 year-old Sarah McLinn.
“McLinn’s sister, Ashley McLinn, 22, of Topeka, has also shared her cellphone number (785-806-****) in hopes that her sister will call her. She said the family feared Sarah did not have her cellphone with her and wouldn’t remember their phone numbers.”
Note that I blanked out the last four digits of the young woman’s cell number.
For good reason. Because it was an astonishing example of poor judgement and sloppy, bad journalism for the Lawrence newspaper to publish a young woman’s telephone number in a case of this sort. Because at the time, no one knew for sure who killed who or the whereabouts and what had happened to Sarah McLinn.
But don’t take my word for it.
“I can’t believe they did that,” Fitzpatrick says. “Somebody could have called her sister and said, ‘I know where your sister is,’ and met her and taken her out and killed her. That was a big mistake. That shows a lack of experience on somebody’s part and their editors. I mean, what did they do, fire all their editors? I would have told her if you want to be contacted about this, just tell them to call the police.”
I realize that there’s a disconnect between the public and the media on some of the rules and ethics in the wide world journalism. But this one looks to me to like a no-brainer.
As in whoever allowed this to be published had no brains.