In December, when the Register-Star published an article about the restoration of the Nantucket house at 251 Union Street just two days after a post about the house had appeared on The Gossips of Rivertown, I held my tongue, despite the fact that the reporter quoted the same passage from Margaret Schram's book, Hudson's Merchants and Whalers: The Rise and Fall of a River Port 1783-1850, that had appeared in a Gossips post about the Nantucket houses of Hudson.
The article in today's Register-Star by the same reporter about the renovations to City Hall was a bridge too far. In it, the description of the work to be done to achieve ADA compliance at City Hall is almost word for word what appeared in Gossips on January 22. This is Gossips:
The changes to the facade of the building involve removing the marble steps that lead to the side door of the building and dropping the door down to sidewalk level. The existing door will continue to be used. The marble plinths and pilasters on either side of the doorway will remain unchanged.
This is the Register-Star:
Changes to the building's facade include removing the marble steps that lead to the side door of the building and dropping the door down to sidewalk level. The existing door will continue to be used and the marble plinths and pilasters on either side of the doorway will remain unchanged.
Despite what appears to be copying from Gossips, the most egregious error in the Register-Star article is this. Speaking of previous projects completed by VMJR Companies, the group being contracted for the work on City Hall, the article states: "In Hudson the company completed St. Paul's/St. Mary's Church historical restoration." Wrong. St. Paul's/St. Mary's Church is not in Hudson. It's in Hudson Falls.
I noticed recently that the RS has a new writer covering the local beat. He took over from someone named Noah. The change has not been an improvement.ReplyDelete
The last guy used to troll the community facebook board for stories. Looks like the new one just trolls Gossips. A sad state for local journalismReplyDelete