Detroit News publishes apology for altered review
Sunday, March 20, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News has published a front-page apology from its editor and publisher over the newspaper’s decision to change sections of a scathing review of the Chrysler 200 after an advertiser complained.
Jon Wolman wrote in the Saturday column that he owed readers and the writer “an explanation and an apology for the lapse that raised questions about our credibility.”
Wolman says former critic Scott Burgess was asked to change several passages of his review of the car promoted in a popular Super Bowl television ad featuring rapper Eminem. Wolman says that happened after an advertiser complained about “acerbic and disrespectful” material.
Burgess says he resigned Wednesday after meeting with Wolman.
The original review appeared in the newspaper’s March 10 print edition. Changes were made to the online version.