Interesting that the reporter who wrote today’s piece didn’t even bother to interview me for this story - she simply lifted a quote from my Facebook page, taken out of context. You don’t just lift an out of context comment from someone’s private Facebook page. That’s lazy reporting. Plus the photos in the piece say “submitted,” although I certainly never submitted them for this piece that I didn’t even know was being written. I would have submitted them if asked but the fact is that I wasn’t so it’s inaccurate to say “submitted.” Plus, the photo of the advocate in the piece is of the (awesome, I consider him a good friend) David Huntley, not of me, even though the story is in large part about me. Also, Henry’s father is a county employee, not a city employee, and today’s story links directly to the most biased, mistake-riddled story ever written about my son - a story so inaccurate that the reporter who wrote it called me several years later to literally apologize for having written it. But still, today’s story links directly to that horrible piece of trash journalism. That makes me ill, knowing that this link means that even more people will today read that piece of garbage about my child, his life, and his death.

CORRECTION: Reporter Kristi Nelson did not use quotes from my Facebook page but from my public blog. However my belief that using out of context written material from the subject of a story rather than actually interviewing that subject remains.

UPDATE: I was able to get the News Sentinel to remove the link in the story to which I so strongly objected. I appreciate their prompt response to my expressed concerns.

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katieallison's picture

Here’s the email I sent the president of the KNS

Mr. Rosamond,

I am writing in reference to today’s story about Henry’s Law, named after my son.

In today’s piece, the reporter didn’t even bother to interview me for the story - she simply lifted quotes from my Facebook page. You don’t just lift an out of context comment from someone’s private Facebook page. That’s lazy reporting.

Also, the photo in the piece says “submitted,” although I certainly never submitted it for this story I didn’t even know was being written. I would have submitted the photo if asked but the fact is that it’s inaccurate to say “submitted.”

Plus, the photo of the advocate in the piece is of David Huntley (a good friend and excellent advocate in the opioid epidemic), not of me, even though the story is in large part about me.

Also, Henry’s father is a county employee, not a city employee.

Most importantly, today’s story links directly to a story titled “Henry Granju: Living and Dying in the Drug World.” As Jack McElroy has long been aware, this is the most biased, mistake-riddled story ever written about my son - a story so inaccurate that the reporter who wrote it called me several years later to literally apologize for having written it. I would like to demand that this particular link be removed from the story immediately. Please email me at katieallison5309@gmail.com when the link has been removed.

CORRECTION: Reporter Kristi Nelson did not use quotes from my Facebook page but from my public blog. However my belief that using out of context written material from the subject of a story rather than actually interviewing that subject remains.

Thank you,

Katie Allison
865-236-1339

bizgrrl's picture

Pretty bad reporting for

Pretty bad reporting for someone who has been in the business for nearly 20 years.

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