Notice of Retraction

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 01, 2018 / comments

[Cris Alarcon, InEDC & PRpond]

Notice of Retraction: This story about Todd White has been retracted and anyone that have read the story is asked to read this brief explanation.  

This retraction will be unusually personal, because I take this kind of error personally, Cris Alarcon.

New information has shown the original story to be extremely misleading and fails the journalism standards even for political opinion pieces.

The nature of the story is very prejudicial and much of the information is protected from public release, so the damage is done and cannot be fairly undone. At InEdc, we take great pride in standing by the victim.  To discover that we have confused a victim for a victimizer, is about as egregious as can be to us on a moral level.

We all know that most political news pieces are slanted, and that “Opinion” pieces are not objective, by definition.  As the campaign season heated up, we were given information about a candidate that had done an egregious act at work that had cost them their job.  As the candidate was running for a management position, the subject was valid.  As it was an egregious act, the voting public deserved to know about the accused actions.

A political commentator wrote a story about a political consultant telling many people about this candidate’s actions and submitted it for publication.  I had heard the consultant myself, and had heard from several others about this disclosure.  I published the story with the caveat that the accustion in main was not confirmed, and not even confirmable, but the nature of the accusation deserved public discourse.

That public discourse is vital as it shows many things that were simply not visible in shadows.  This is one of those cases.  As soon as the story was published, I got many calls telling me that the story had some basic facts, about half of them, but it was presented in a way that completely misrepresented what actually occurred.

Trusted confidential sources came to me after the story went live.  

I was horrified to learn that I had published a story that accused the victim of being the victimizer.  There are many valid criticisms of Todd, as with any candidate, but any accusation that he is a workplace sexual predatory is completely unsubstantiated, and furthermore, compelling evidence shows that he was the victim.

As a public disclosure, Todd and I are not friendly, but this is what I call “dirty politics” and I don’t go there.  There are plenty of real concerns about every candidate for there to be any need to make up, or distort the facts.  It is “Dirty” because it makes distorted accusations, and leaves the accused no way to respond.  That might make for effective politicking, but is is not defendable morally.

When I learned of this deception, I know that I had to stand up and own it.  It might be justifiable as the circumstances evolved, but it was false, intentionally misleading, and was known to be a subject matter that laws strictly prohibit public disclosure, even to clear your name of misrepresentations.

Due to the nature of the accusation and the job sought, it was right for the question to be made public to the voters.  In making it so, I have discovered the story to be false.  I suppose clearing up the issue is a good thing, but the damage to Todd’s reputation from this false accusation does not go away because I have retracted the story.  Nor does it go away because I gave a better explanation.

So I have given this publicly published version so that Todd can let people know what one of the people involved in publishing the story, now thinks of the accusations.  In addition is this public apology: “Todd if you had responded to my initial inquiry, I would have treated it differently, but now I understand it was nearly impossible for you to respond.  I am sorry that I got caught up in an effort to slime your character, for purly political motives.  I sincerely hope that no one takes this kind of political garbage for more than what it is, dirty politics.”

Cris Alarcon, Editor & Publisher, InEDC.