As Paul Krekorian confirms today via the Daily News, there never was a Tracy from Studio City. Rather, a question about digital billboards attributed to that name in a recent “Ask Paul” column on Studio City Patch was in fact deliberately mislabeled by one of his staffers.
Krekorian says he was unaware of the fake constituent maneuver and has apologized for the ruse. To Patch’s credit, they took swift and decisive action:
The entire column is now being moved to the blog section of the Patch site, said Joe Wiggins, New York-based spokesman for the company. The move essentially means Patch editors’ are no longer responsible for the content.
“Patch found no other violations in the councilman’s column since it started nine months ago,” Wiggins wrote. “Still, we have decided that “Ask Paul” will no longer be a column on Studio City Patch.”