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Monday, July 31, 2006

Correction of the Day: Wayne Scott

Remember last month's Willamette Week story on Rep. Wayne Scott? The one that accused the state House Majority Leader of using his position to push legislation that helped just his fireworks distribution company to the exclusion of all competitors?

Well, it turns out there were a few, um, minor errors in that story. I can't find the corrections on WW's website, but here's the version from the dead-tree issue:
WW made errors in a June 28, 2006, story it published about state House Majority Leader Wayne Scott (R-Canby) and his fireworks company, Western Fireworks. The story had to do with Senate Bill 667-A and an amendment that benefited one fireworks company to the exclusion of others. Our story said that the company that benefited from the bill (which is called Western Display) is owned by Scott and that Scott sponsored the legislation. While Scott owns a fireworks company (called Western Fireworks) and records show that it is a source of fireworks for Western Display, there is no factual support for the statement that he owns Western Display. While Scott was the only legislator to testify in favor of the bill in a House committee and carried the bill (meaning he was the floor manager) in the House, there is no factual support for the statement that he sponsored the legislation. It was sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby). We regret the errors.
In other words, either WW made stuff up, or someone worked reporter Andra Brosy to nurse a grudge. No wonder they "regret the errors."


  • At 7/31/2006 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great catch Ken! Of course I believe getting smeared by WW is a badge of honor.

    Good for the WW to admit the errors and I hope others who were taken in by this fanciful tale will use a little more caution before smearing in the future.

    It's a lot to ask, but I am eternally optimistic.



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