The Hartford Police Department released its official report on the case of Denise Nappier today (Friday) at 5:40PM. That’s what we in the media call, the “Friday night dump.” Savvy media and public relations folks know that television news on Friday nights is among the least watched, and the Saturday newspapers are the least read. Releasing a story, or statement after business hours also means there is usually no one around to talk about it until Monday morning. It’s pretty common, from the White House to companies, to celebrities. If you want your story, or your news to be forgotten or lightly covered, then do what HPD did and release it at the onset of a weekend.
Anyway, this week on Face the State we will talk about the Nappier case. Treasurer Nappier declined my invitation to appear on the program, citing an out of state commitment, but was told by her spokesperson she may want to come after the report was issued. We hope to have the state’s longest serving constitutional officer on Face the State next week. I’ve known Denise Nappier for many years, and have enjoyed the times she has come to Channel 3 for a taping.
You can read the report right here: http://police.hartford.gov/PR%202011/September/2011_09_16_SIR_HPD.pdf
We are joined this Sunday by Channel 3’s Len Besthoff, our chief reporter on the Nappier case; Kevin Brookman, the city blogger who first broke the story, and Kevin Rennie, the Hartford Courant columnist, and former state senator, who provides a political perspective to the story.
Tune in this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, only on Channel 3.