What Mack is talking about is not totally difficult. It’s doing 5 minutes of critical thinking on top of plugging in he said/she said quotes into a story.
If the police chief gets the numbers wrong that’s his problem. It’s repeating the wrong information that paints a false picture of Edmonton. It becomes the impression to citizens of our city and to everyone outside of Edmonton that sees the same story picked up by corporate newsrooms (CTV Edmonton’s story runs on CTV Regina, the Journal story goes into the Calgary Herald, etc.)