Re: Brooks' Piece in the Times

by Glenda Childress

Alberta, I'm not arguing for excessive moralizing or psychobabble, but I will speak out for newspapers who publish writers who may not be in total agreement with the so-called "editorial stance" of the paper or that of some of their readers. Wouldn't we call the article in question an opinion piece, and wouldn't we want newspapers to publish varied opinions within their editorial sections?

A newspaper is charged to stand behind reports of actual events, the traditional who, what, when, where, and how. Opinion pieces have no such guarantee, only that they are published as actually written by the reputed author. Even if the editor or some readers do not agree with a writer's position, it is good policy to publish letters and articles by others of different opinions. A good opinion piece is not one that delivers absolute truth, but one that generates some thought and discussion. After all, We celebrate freedom in musical ideas.

You, of course, are free to self-censor newspapers, magazines, or other media. We all are.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017, 12:18 PM

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