I strongly agree with Kenneth Von Gunden’s letter to the editor last Tuesday that a front-page article and banner headline (“Obama defies GOP, voters,” Nov. 28 CDT) were not news, but interpretation with extremist opinions against the president of our country.
A basic principle of publishing is to report facts in a news story and headline on the first page and leave opinions to the section of the paper reserved for them.
As I read the article on the front page, my first thought was that a journalism teacher at the university or high school could use it as a class exercise, having students identify sentences that constitute opinion and those that constitute fact, to demonstrate how not to write a news article.
The article was that bad, and an effrontery to us citizens.
The writer and editor who accepted it as a front-page “news” story owe CDT readers an apology for misrepresenting opinion as facts.
Nancy Ellen Kiernan