An explanation is in order.
In Tuesday’s edition, the Post Independent published incorrect information regarding the circumstances of the horrific crime that occurred Sunday night at the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart store.
We sincerely apologize to the family and friends of Tom and Ruth Lubchenco for running information that wasn’t right.
We got some bad information from someone who was at the scene. With only limited information being released by police, we thought we had an explanation of what happened that we could offer our readers.
While we did verify the identity of the victim, Tom Lubchenco, with a second source, we were unable to verify the rest of the eyewitness’ story. So we made the decision, which now appears foolish, of publishing his comments.
The biggest gaffe was reporting that Ruth Lubchenco was at the store Sunday night, mixed up in the confrontation with the gunman. The situation didn’t make sense to any of us, and we should have sought confirmation from a second source.
We found out Tuesday morning, much to our embarrassment, that Mrs. Lubchenco was home, in bed, at the time of the crime. That’s exactly where we would have expected her to be.
Unfortunately, our reporting cast a shadow of suspicion on Mrs. Lubchenco, and we regret that.
Now, the shadow of distrust is on the Post Independent.
“How could they print something one day, and then say it was all wrong the next day?” my bus driver asked me Wednesday morning.
We relied on a single source for information, a practice journalists should avoid, and, as a result, we got burned and hurt the Lubchenco family as well.
Six days a week, we strive to bring you the most accurate, complete and up-to-date information on what is going on in Garfield County. We are human, however, and we do make mistakes. We can also learn from mistakes and, I hope, continue to earn your trust in the future.
– Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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