It seems that Grand Rapids Press editor Mike Lloyd and publisher Danny Gaydou have no shame. Everyday from the beginning of this month, they have exploited the story of the tragic mix-up of the identities of two young women involved in a fatal automobile accident in April. One woman died and the other survived, but the coroner mistakenly identified one as the other and only recently have their families sorted out the truth.
There is no question that such an extraordinary event is newsworthy. Because the family of the woman who died resides here, the Press properly made it a front page story when the news first broke on June 1st. And sure, a couple of things unresolved on June 1st merited a follow-up article or two in the regional section of the newspaper. Instead, Lloyd has milked the tragedy by reducing it to bathos with emotionally exploitive front-page top-of-the-fold stories every single day since then.
Shame on Lloyd, and shame on Gaydou for letting him do it. It long past the time that the Press spared the families of these two young women its morbid fascination calculated solely for the purpose of increasing circulation.