Mitch Albom Reinstated by Detroit Free Press

Mitch Albom will be writing columns for the Detroit Free Press again, following an internal investigation.

LETTER TO READERS: Albom’s column to return (DFP)

Detroit Free Press management has completed its internal review of an April 3 Mitch Albom column that contained inaccurate information by describing an event that had not yet occurred. Albom will resume writing columns for the Free Press. His work has not appeared since he addressed the incident with readers on April 7.

Disciplinary action has been taken against five employees, Albom and four others, each of whom had some role in putting the April 3 column into the paper and each of whom had the responsibility to fix errors before publication.

We took into account many factors, including the seriousness of the offense, the importance of our credibility, the history of those involved and Albom’s 20 stellar years at the Free Press. We now look forward to that work continuing in the Free Press.

I wholeheartedly agree with the decision but am befuddled by the inadequacy of the DFP’s explanation.

For background, see: The Mitch Albom Scandal: Much Ado About Nothing

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