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TNT: One’s opinion doesn’t have to be factual

Letter by David Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on July 13, 2012 at 11:13 am | 13 Comments »
July 13, 2012 3:06 pm

Re: “Letters should be more substantive” (letter, 7-13).

The letter writer is tired of reading (and I paraphrase here) poorly researched, illogical, deceptive and unnecessarily provocative letters to the editor. I share his irritation.

Imagine how annoyed I was Friday morning when I turned to the editorial page and found it dominated by those bigoted, mean-spirited ideologues, known in the world of editorial journalism as Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer. Had I not seen the piece by my old favorite, Gene Robinson, on the same page, I also might have written a critical letter to The News Tribune.

But, after some reflection, I realized opinion is just that – opinion – and it doesn’t have to be factual. It is for the reader to separate the wheat from the chaff.

 

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