A Tuesday night email sent from the town to residents who subscribe to the town’s email update system included a link to a page on the town’s website that lists recent news articles about Princeton. The page links to individual articles about Princeton.
The town started curating links to Princeton stories from local news outlets on Feb. 25. Planet Princeton stories were listed several times the first few weeks, but then the town abruptly stopped listing links to stories from Planet Princeton after March 13. Planet Princeton is no longer being linked to even when the story is a positive one, like the Planet Princeton story about the Princeton Public Library winning a national award.(Planet Princeton was the only local media outlet to run that story).
Princeton continues to link to stories from other local news outlets. Officials appear to be cherry picking which outlet’s story the town links to on a particular topic. For example, the only story the town has linked to about the settlement agreement with Police Chief David Dudeck is from the Daily Princetonian. Other news outlets have written numerous stories about the issue and covered the same meeting about the settlement agreement.
Previously the Princeton Consolidation Commission and the Transition Task Force linked to stories about the consolidation of the two Princetons, but did not pick and choose. Even if the story potentially could have reflected negatively on the town, stories from all media outlets were posted on the consolidation and transition website managed by consultant CGR.