Small town newspapers are probably much worse than larger metropolitan area newspapers with respect to typos and outright gaffes that could lead to a lawsuit. Such was the case with a couple of photographs in the article by Jeff Tucker of the Roswell Daily Record.
Tucker has written numerous times about a student assault that happened on the NMMI campus. Michael Adjekuko, varsity quarterback for the Broncos, talked Chance Butler into attacking a student in the barracks for, allegedly, turning him in for smoking pot. Butler admitted to committing the assault.
Mr Tucker was more interested in producing the overly dramatic headline “Former NMMI ninja strikes again” than getting the captions in the photographs correct. Butler, a 17 year old white boy, has been assigned the moniker of ninja by a reporter who is more interested in spiking the circulation of the RDR than providing error free commentary to the populace.
The glaring error in this weak headline article was that Butler was listed correctly as the caption for the picture of Chance Butler, BUT was also listed as the caption for the 20 year old black quarterback of the college football team.
A blunder this egregious could NOT have withstood a single proofreading and makes one question the accuracy of the rest of Tucker’s “witch hunting” article. The RDR probably has a circulation of around 10,000 copies printed per day and should take stronger measures to eliminate such embarrassing errors! Note that Tucker did not disclose the name of the attorney who stated that Butler also viciously assaulted a juvenile prisoner(Jeff, I doubt Chance was donning a black ninja style mask in prison) with whom he shared a jail cell.
Tucker does not mind splashing the name and picture of a teenager across the pages of the paper, but went out his way to protect the identity of the person who appears to be the prosecuting attorney.