Aubrey McClendon, founder of Chesapeake Energy, was one of Oklahoma City’s most prominent citizens. So it was a juicy story when a federal grand jury indicted him for conspiring with another oil company to not bid against each other on oil leases. So on Wednesday the lead, front-page, top-of-the-fold story in the Daily Oklahoman was about McClendon’s indictment and alleged misdeeds.
McClendon forcefully denied that he had done anything wrong, but the embarrassment must have been too much for him. Later that day, he drove his SUV at high speed into a bridge abutment in an apparent suicide.
The very next day after the negative story the whole issue of the newspaper was full of his praises. Thursday’s edition led with the lead, front-page, top-of-the-fold headline “Energy Leader Leaves Behind Legacy.” The lead editorial was “McClendon’s Contributions Changed City for the Better.” [Read more…]