I opened the paper on Friday and saw that the front page, above-the-fold story was about the downtown tree lighting ceremony. Buried on Page 5 was the following headline: “U.S. Jews grapple with election-year eruption of anti-Semitism.”
I realize that the CDT is a local paper that covers local events. But the placement of these stories clearly suggests that the tree lighting ceremony was considered more newsworthy than documenting the recent rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S.
Like all newspapers, the CDT has a responsibility to help create an educated citizenry. By giving a story about tree lighting top billing over one that documents anti-Semitic acts reminiscent of the Holocaust, the CDT has miseducated the public about what is happening in our country. I urge the CDT to use its pages to educate and inform the public about the substantive issues that are facing our nation, including discrimination and hatred toward various minority groups.
Esther Prins, State College
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