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Retraction: The Southwestern Company - Part 1: Corporate MafiaErsun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter
Response to the reflex arc of The Southwestern Company.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Oregon attorneys representing The Southwestern Company have contacted Salem-News.com to threaten legal action in response to Part 1 of our series on The Southwestern Company.
So far, only the first part of the article has been published, so these legal threats are in no way based on the substance of the allegations made in the series (which have as yet not been made).
Apparently, The Southwestern Company is offended by the general tone of the first article.
According to the official letter we received via e-mail, they find fault with:
After reviewing the letter, Salem-News.com has come to the conclusion that the use of the term “Mafia” in the article could be misconstrued. Some readers might make an unfair and prejudiced association between The Southwestern Company and Italians or Italian-Americans.
In order to clarify the article, and remove any references that might be interpreted as casting aspersions upon Italians and Italian Americans, we are retracting the article.
We sincerely apologize for any insult we may have inadvertently made to the honor or character of the Italian people and the many fine Americans of Italian ancestry in this country.
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