*This post has been amended to more accurately reflect attempts to reach Jim Robertson.
Chris Allen, the neighbor and Tribune employee who was not identified in the article, was given “a clearer understanding of the policy,” according to Tribune reporter Janese Heavin in a comment below the story. Allen removed Greever-Rice’s entire profile from the Web site before Greever-Rice declared her candidacy for the Fourth Ward seat.
Attempts to reach Allen at his home were met with operator messages saying all circuits were busy.
In an interview with Greever-Rice on Wednesday afternoon, Greever-Rice said that prior to her conversation with Heavin on Tuesday, she was unaware of any policy restricting whether comments or whole accounts could be deleted.
“In our conversation yesterday, (Heavin) gave me the distinct impression that my request started the process of them creating a policy,” Greever-Rice said.
- “…we reserve the right to remove or delete your content at any time.”
- “The Tribune reserves the right to decline requests for removal of content from the Web site based on maintaining the historical and archival nature of the site.”
A voicemail was left with Jim Robertson, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, seeking further comment on the Tribune’s policies.*
Greever-Rice does not believe it is much of an issue.
“Asking to un-enroll yourself from somebody else’s website isn’t a particularly weird thing to do,” Greever-Rice said. “Chris is about as nice of a guy as you can meet. I never would have asked him a question that would have gotten him in trouble.”
Greever-Rice said she asked Allen because she knew that he was the IT person that would deal with her request.
“My husband does something similar for a living, and I know that when you have an IT problem, you call the IT guy,” Greever-Rice said.
Greever-Rice believes that her past comments criticizing the Tribune’s editorial staff sparked the investigation into her account.
“There have been times when I’ve been frank in public, criticizing the editorial staff at the Tribune,” Greever-Rice said. “I guess I should have expected that the Tribune would be ugly with me.”
Tribune editors were searching for Greever-Rice’s comments when they “discovered the policy breach last week,” according to the article.
The Tribune questioned how having the comments deleted reflect Greever-Rice’s campaign platform where she calls for government transparency. Greever-Rice said she “didn’t see the connection between government transparency and what (she says) as a private citizen,” according to the article.
“I have a personal life too. The world is not welcome to every single bit of it,” Greever-Rice added Wednesday afternoon. “If it has to do with public policy, I’m more than happy to talk about it.”