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WASHAM: Recall doesn’t belong on the front page

Letter by Nathan Doyle Rupert, Tacoma on Jan. 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm | 4 Comments »
January 11, 2011 10:24 am

Re: “Keep opinion on the editorial pages” (letter, 1-4) and “Many support beleaguered official” (letter, 1-6).

I am in complete philosophical agreement with both letter writers. While I may not agree with specifics of each’s position, and I hardly care about the fate of a low-level local official, I am put off by The News Tribune’s willingness to repeatedly spend front-page space glorifying the recall supporter’s side of this controversy.

Someone commented online to the second letter that if you had “read the whole factual series of articles that The New Tribune published” you would consider the “evidence” and conclude “this man is a nut case.”

I agree. That “whole factual series” slammed several aspects of Dale Washam’s life, some quite unrelated to his official service, and was force-fed to us as front-page news for most of a business week.

When considering that almost unignorable series, or any of almost 30 articles total condemning Washam since Nov. 11, one would inevitably come to the conclusion that he is a bad guy.

Washam’s recall merits coverage occasionally at best, and on the local page or on the editorial page. Front-page headlines in font sizes generally reserved for disasters and declarations of war are for real news, not personally, professionally or politically driven information campaigns against local officials.

Cover front-page news on the front page. Please?

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