How the Post-Dispatch Shamed a Possible Rape Victim -- and Embarrassed Itself

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A night of heavy drinking turned into a nightmare for a Jefferson City lobbyist -- thanks in part to the Post-Dispatch's A-1 report Friday.

Editor's note: We updated this story at 5 p.m. on June 22. Scroll to the bottom for the latest.

The woman called Jefferson City police at 8 a.m. on April 9 to say that she was worried she'd been sexually assaulted the night before. She couldn't remember where she'd been most of the evening -- and not only did her wrist hurt, but her clothes were both muddy and bloody. Police took her to the hospital and compiled evidence for a rape kit.

Two months later, on June 19, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran her photo on its front page. The accompanying story listed all the alcohol she'd consumed the night before -- with details including the size of various bar tabs and the specific drinks (wine, vodka Red Bull, Jagerbombs) she'd paid for. It also named the man she'd previously been in a sexual relationship with, even though he was not suspected of any wrongdoing and wasn't even present for the night's festivities.

It published her name and her job (a lobbyist at the time she filed the police report, she's now in public relations) and said she'd declined to be interviewed.

And then, in classic daily newspaper fashion, it attempted to make the story about something bigger, something important.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Asks Fleshlight for Photo Credit after 9/11 Tweet

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After noticing that Fleshlight, the company that sells handheld vaginas and assholes for your masterbational pleasure, tweeted a St. Louis Post-Dispatch picture in a September 11 tribute, the newspaper asked the company for a photo credit.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Cuts Columnist Who Doesn't Understand How Rape Works

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Goodbye, George Will.
If you cancelled your St. Louis Post-Dispatch subscription over George Will's highly offensive column belittling rape victims, you can come back to the fold now. The paper says it has tossed Will's columns for good.

Tony Messenger, the Post's editorial page editor, says he's replacing Will's Thursday and Sunday dispatches with columns from Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and an alum of Westminster Christian Academy.

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This Guy Hacked the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Paywall in Ten Minutes, And You Can, Too

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Mike Flynn, of Punching Kitty fame, found this quick work-around in less than ten minutes.
Mike Flynn, a St. Louis native who now lives in San Francisco, wanted to read Bernie Miklasz's sports column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday morning.

But Miklasz's column, like much of what the Post-Dispatch calls "insider sports coverage," is now an stlEXTRA!, or premium content protected behind a paywall for subscribers. Only readers who pay $13.50 in monthly subscription fees get access to the clumsily named stlEXTRA! content, such as special columns, business market wraps and even online quizzes.

See also: Post-Dispatch Quietly Hikes Newsstand Price

Flynn is not really one to take no for an answer. In less than ten minutes, he published an HTML script that would allow any Post-Dispatch reader to access all the content, even stlEXTRA! stories, without paying a dime.

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The Post-Dispatch Article That Made Joe Buck Cry

Dan Caesar in 1990, the year he humiliated a wannabe broadcaster.
He resides among the cellar dwellers in RFT's St. Louis Sports-Media Power Rankings (at No. 44 in our list of 50), but Dan Caesar can still throw a punch.

In fact, in a tussle back in 1990, the Post-Dispatch sports-media critic once made Joe Buck (No. 8 in RFT's ranking) cry.

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Ed Martin Won't Meet With Editorial Boards: A Rare (and Probably Smart) Move

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Ed Martin to newspapers: Not gonna meet with ya. But endorse me anyway! 
So far this year, most candidates for statewide office have made the pilgrimage. 

They've stepped into the inner sanctums of the Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star. 

They pow-wowed with the editorial boards, fielded uncomfortable questions, asked for a kiss on the forehead. 

Not Ed Martin

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Post-Dispatch Quietly Hikes Newsstand Price

The new Post-Dispatch: Half the news at one-and-a-half times the price.
The price of the Monday through Saturday Post-Dispatch increased 50 percent last week from $1.00 to $1.50. The Sunday paper also jumped 50 cents to $2.50.

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Warren Buffett Now Owns More Lee Enterprises Stock

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Warren Buffett cosplays as a newsie.
Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffett's conglomerate, revealed in SEC filings Tuesday that the company has increased its stake in Lee Enterprises to the tune of 3.23 million shares. That just about doubles the amount of Lee stock Berkshire Hathaway owns, which it first acquired when Buffett purchased $85 million worth of the company's debt.

As is often the case with Buffett, when he buys a stock, others follow in his wake. Lee Enterprises' stock opened Tuesday morning trading at $1.29 per share; it opened this morning at $1.60.

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Post-Dispatch Refreshes Year-Old RFT Story on Plastic Surgeon, Boobs

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RFT related content:

We weren't going to say anything, but our Google Alerts just won't let it go. We keep getting bombarded by notifications about Monday's front-page article in the Post-Dispatch about Dr. Michele Koo, a Kirkwood plastic surgeon who's being sued for posting before-and-after photos of her patients' breasts on her website without their permission.

Regular readers of the Riverfront Times might be familiar with the story of Dr. Koo. We reported about the lawsuits filed against her in September 2011.
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"Mary Junck" Takes to Twitter to Defend Bonuses and Threaten Employees

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[UPDATE: Moments after this post went live, the MaryJunckFake account was suspended by Twitter. Spoilsports.]

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A certain deluded French monarch was the icon for the short-lived Twitter.
Well, that didn't take long. After Friday's purge at the Post-Dispatch, someone took to Twitter on Saturday to give voice to Mary Junck's inner Marie Antoinette. MaryJunckFake has thus far exhibited an interest in executive bonuses, flirting with Bill McClellan and a brutal disregard for feelings of her demoralized staff.


I dunno, it seems like it could really be her.

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