The Greylock Glass, for six and a half years, has labored to present an accurate reflection of what occurs in our region. Obviously, we can’t keep you informed of every event or issue; no one can, particularly a newsroom as small as ours. Our small size is a large part of the reason we strive to ensure that the stories we do tell are of the highest quality, both in the facts we provide and the styles and tools we use in the telling.
On July 4th, we failed you. I failed you. An op-ed piece was submitted to us regarding the statue of President William McKinley that is located in downtown Adams. While much of the information presented by the author was factual, some of his bedrock assertions were invented nearly whole-cloth. I provided some advice durning the creation of this opinion piece, and I did check the veracity of a number of his claims — but not all. I published that submission here and under this headline.
I was enthusiastic to provide space for a contrarian view, of which there is never enough in the local press, and I did not go far enough in my due diligence to verify all the premises undergirding his argument. In other words, as an editor, I dropped the ball. For this, I apologize to you, reader. I will continue to provide a space for alternative viewpoints, even withering criticism, but will get out my magnifying glass and go through the presented op-ed point by point and line by line. Letters to editor will continue to be a space where anyone can make an ass out of themself — that’s on you.
This page will be left in place as a reminder to me never to let my guard down where the truth is concerned again. As always, I welcome, and look forward to reading your comments below.
Very best regards,
Editor, The Greylock Glass