Fictitious-name stunt baffles reader

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006

How fascinating that Richard Schmitz, the Murkowski administration's spokesman for the Department of Corrections, was found to have violated the Juneau Empire's Letter to the Editor policy, by signing a fictitious name to a recent submission ("It's not all right to bad-mouth neighbors," May 14).

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How are we to have faith in the administration's information and statements when one of its own spokesmen violated the canons of journalistic ethics by falsifying a name on a letter to the editor?

In a further bit of irony, Mr. Schmitz worked for years as the sports editor for the Juneau Empire. Surely he knows the importance of attribution to correct sources.

I am just shaking my head in disbelief.

Susan B. Phillips


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