Outside lies

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005

With regard to your policy of reprinting "Outside" editorials, I have to ask if anyone on your staff reads these editorials with any concern for the accuracy of the information some of them pretend to offer. I would like to comment on two recent examples that have concerned me.

On Aug. 22, you reprinted an editorial from the New York Daily News titled "America's true Gold Star moms." This editorial, about Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, is little more than a hateful, vitriolic attack on a person who has struck a chord with the media and apparently a significant portion of the public. The editorial is full of the inaccuracies and innuendoes that are typical of the Bush administration's backlash against anyone who seriously questions their actions. It is "yellow journalism" at its worst.

So why is it printed here? Does the Empire second these views? Does the Empire somehow believe this is part of a balanced editorial page? If so, what are you trying to balance? Is it one reasonable opinion against another, as in "reasonable people can disagree," or is it one constituency against another (left versus right), or is it facts versus lies? Untruths, sarcasm and name-calling are not a balance to anything. They represent only ignorance and fearfulness. You insult your readers when you condone such wretched writing by printing it.

An earlier editorial, reprinted July 21, from the Dallas Morning News, provides a similar example. Titled "Rove 'fast-talk' hurts White House credibility," the editorial pretends to take a balanced view of the current investigation of the White House's exposure of a CIA agent. While questioning the administration's response to the investigation it tries to soft-peddle the seriousness of the affair, calling it a "relatively minor incident." Again, following an all-too-familiar page from the Bush-Rove playbook, the writer, through inaccuracies verging on lies, attacks the messenger and attempts to turn the victims (agent Valerie Plame and her husband Joseph Wilson) into the victimizers, and the victimizers (Bush-Rove-Cheney) into the victims. The real victims, of course, are you and I and the USA.

Kenneth DeRoux


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