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Story was off base

Dear Editor:

I feel compelled to respond to the mischaracterization of me in your coverage of John Jellinek’s resignation from the hospital board (“Hospital board member resigns,” Sept. 12). Jellinek’s characterization of me was printed without ever giving me a chance to give the true side of the story.

The facts are: At no time did I instigate the initiation of the Aspen Daily News investigation of Jellinek. David Missner knows that full well from his earlier phone call to me on this topic. I will state definitively here that I never “urged (any newspaper) to destroy (Jellinek’s) reputation in the community.” Jellinek’s actions alone accomplished that. I was interviewed several times by the Aspen Daily News months after they initiated their investigation.

Any information I gave them was in response to their questions and is true and is supported by written documentation. Missner and Jellinek know that from much earlier conversations. On the facts I’m aware of, the Aspen Daily News checked everything multiple times with multiple people. Ethics have always been of the utmost importance to me. I can only urge your newspaper to engage in genuine two-sided reporting that is fact-based.

Whatever destruction of reputation there may have been I assume came from the Jellineks’ own actions and certainly not any misrepresentation from me.

Rick Crandall

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