At the end of these stories you will find the denial press release from CQB and Enquirer's response... I reprint it here to make the point that the publisher was certainly supportive of the story and the reporter in the beginning, saying 'The Enquirer stands by its stories. We are proud of them.'
"The following statement was issued Monday by Chiquita Brands International:
Yesterday, Chiquita denied the highly inaccurate account in the May 3 Cincinnati Enquirer regarding the Company's business practices. In so doing, the Enquirer virtually ignored Chiquita's record of providing among the most competitive wages and benefits of any major employer in Latin America, of being a major engine of progress, building roads, schools and hospitals and, and of being singled out for praise by independent environmental groups for its progressive policies.
The Enquirer based its article on selective, out of context voice mail messages that were stolen from private voice mail boxes of Chiquita employees.
Steven G. Warshaw, Chiquita's President and Chief Operating Officer, said: 'We at Chiquita are shocked by the Enquirer's admission that it obtained more than 2,000 messages containing confidential, privileged and proprietary information that was stolen from the private voice mail boxes of Chiquita employees. This behavior raises serious moral and legal questions. We doubt that any citizen of Cincinnati is comfortable with a newspaper thinking it appropriate to obtain stolen private voice mail messages, much less selectively and inaccurately publishing them. Newspapers are supposed to guard against Big Brother, not be Big Brother.'
In response, Enquirer President and Publisher Harry M. Whipple issued the following:
As explained in Sunday's package of stories, The Enquirer's investigation into Chiquita's business practices was supported by multiple sources inside and outside the company, and by extensive documentation.
The documentation includes the executives' own words contained in copies of taped voice-mail messages. Copies of these tapes were provided to Enquirer reporters by a high-ranking Chiquita executive, who was one of several with authority over the company's voice-mail system. These voice-mail messages were essentially internal memoranda.
The source, who requested confidentiality for fear of retribution, also provided the same tapes to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has launched its own investigation.
The Enquirer stands by its stories. We are proud of them. "