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Letter: The news versus the opinions

In any reputable newspaper (not supermarket tabloids), there are two distinct kinds of pages: news and opinion.

Published on May 15, 2018 2:24PM


Too many readers of The Chieftain and users of Facebook seem to have skipped civics class on the day when their classmates learned how to read a newspaper.

To review:

In any reputable newspaper (not supermarket tabloids), there are two distinct kinds of pages: news and opinion.

News pages, including sports pages, cover – what else? – the news. In the case of The Chieftain, it’s my considered opinion that news coverage is as fair and balanced as possible, considering how much there is to cover, the available time, the news space to be filled and that there are only two reporters plus the editor.

As a newshound for more than 50 years, I have a pretty sharp BS detector, and I see no significant “bias” in Chieftain news stories.

Opinion pages, also known as the editorial pages, are an entirely different animal. They are supposed to contain opinions written by the editor, columnists and citizens.

Yes, there is “bias” there, as there should be. If there are more opinion pieces on one side of an issue than the other, that’s the nature of the opinion pages.

If you don’t like that, stop complaining and submit your own opinion piece.

Chuck Anderson

Enterprise

Anderson is the retired editor and publisher of The Chieftain.



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