This summer, Ellen Hale of the AP’s corporate communications department wrote an internal memo to organization managers reminding them of Fournier’s qualifications and career highlights, including highly critical coverage of the response to Hurricane Katrina. The memo became public.
AP director of media relations Paul Colford told PRWeekthat the memo is authentic but declined to comment on blogosphere reaction.
“The readers of PRWeek in particular will surely recognize the wisdom of summarizing and addressing internally any abundance of outside chatter about a valued employee, in this case our Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier,” he said.
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