The sudden and unexpected resignation of Steve Collins from the Bristol Press has gone viral.
Collins said in an open letter that Michael Schroeder, owner of the Bristol Press is:
“Guilty of journalistic misconduct of epic proportions. He should be shunned by my colleagues, cut off by professional organizations and told to pound sand by anyone working for him who has integrity.”
A recent article by TPM asks: So who is Michael Schroeder, in addition to being the owner and publisher of The Bristol Press?
“The latest is that Schroeder apparently took the phony article directly to the printer of The Bristol Press, knowing full well that he couldn’t get the paper’s editorial staff to sanctify and publish this untouchable sample of journalistic excrement.”
The story also appeared in the Washington Post.
So what does all this mean for Bristol and the future of the Bristol Press?
Time will tell.
One thing’s for certain: The way Bristol is covered by The Bristol Press has changed permanently.
Collins has taken the admirable high road, while Michael Schroeder seems to be going down a dark and dangerous one.
Update: Video of the city council meeting held this week on September 13 recorded by Bristol, CT Open Government Project. If you fast forward 49 minutes, you will see and hear the story that was missed.
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