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April 7th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
The language printed in last Monday’s installment of the “Emilio’s Pocket” comic strip was indecent and is strictly against the editorial policies adhered to by Beacon Media for the last 13+ years. So clearly, in fact, does it conflict with our mission to provide a resource to all ages and stripes of the community that when the comic was first submitted it was immediately sent back for revision.
Much like any other revision geared towards bettering reportage, removing possible bias or addressing a host of other possible issues, the contributor in this case graciously agreed that his language had no place in our papers and moved promptly to revise his work in the hopes that we would still provide a platform for this and his future efforts.
What emerged was a comic strip that maintained the humor of the original while at the same time avoiding the offensive language that we had all agreed needed to be removed. That revised comic strip was printed in our Thursday, 3/26 issues of the Arcadia Weekly, Monrovia Weekly, Sierra Madre Weekly and Pasadena Independent without issue and, perhaps, to the tune of a few laughs amongst out readers.
Like a forgotten photo credit or misspelled last name, the placement of the original unedited comic in the following Monday’s edition of the Temple City Tribune was the type of production work-flow error that, though born from one small slip of a mouse click, can often have repercussions reaching far beyond the busy layout desk and into the community their efforts are meant to serve.
For this error, Beacon Media would like to offer on behalf of our production team and the comic artist, our sincerest apologies for the language printed in last week’s paper. Additionally, I would like to offer my personal apology for the failure to provide the type of proper oversight that could have prevented this unfortunate occurrence. The citizens, business owners and officials of Temple City have, over the past few months, welcomed me into the community with the type of warmth and generosity I might expect only from my hometown. I want to assure these people – indeed, all of our readers – that it is not with indecency, but rather with hard work and service to your community, that I intend to repay this generosity.
Thank you for your time and for your questions and comments on this and any other matter going forward. As many of you may have heard me say in the past, it’s a community dialogue that we aim to foster with our papers – and we can’t do it without you.
By John Stephens