Following up on a couple of posts last week. When I was live-blogging the Minnesota News Council hearings (here and here), a commenter asked why KSTP wasn't at the council hearing to defend one of its stories.
The answer came today:
We traditionally do not participate in the news council. Our news department has more than a hundred journalists with hundreds of years of experience. Long before the news council was created, KSTP had a history of credible and ethical reporting. We continue to have the highest ethical standards for all of our stories.
Nice work on the News Council posts, Bob.
I served on the News Council for about six years. Towards the end of my time there it seemed more and more common for news organizations to decline to show up for hearings.