A reporter for the Columbus Dispatch knew that Skybus was going to shut down the carrier hours before it actually happened but chose to hold the information back until the airline made the announcement at 9:30pm that evening. The reporter even flew on one of the last flights to Fort Lauderdale so that she could interview people when they were told after landing that they wouldn’t be able to fly home.
You can say what you want about wanting to protect sources and honoring news embargoes, but this was simply the wrong choice by the newspaper’s editors. Telling people would have saved passenger the cost and heartache of dealing with getting home from other cities and allowed their lives not to be turned upside down. How that reporter could sit on that plane and look at people in the eye, when she could have prevented them from wasting cash in this economic environment is beyond me.
I appreciate the need to protect sources, but the public good far outweighed the need to not upset an embargo with a company that was about to go out of business. Poor judgment, Columbus Dispatch.