PRESS: Don’t whisper ‘sorry’

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Regarding Jack H. Nomanson’s “Opinion” letter, June 12, about how the Coeur d’Alene Press publishing an AP opinion/analysis that was critical of the president and his visit in the U.K. and put it in the “News” section when it should have been in the “Opinion” section. It wasn’t too long ago The Press “schooled” its readers on the differences between what is a news article, opinion, column, research, editorial, etc. It looks like the teachers who schooled us need a refresher course.

To The Press’s credit, they did place an “Editor’s note” interestingly, at the lower bottom right-hand corner where Jack’s opinion was placed. However, this kind of thing is another reason why the media trust is fast deteriorating. It reminds me of the school yard bully who pushes his/her way around and whispers (in small type) “I’m sorry,” and does it again and again, each time whispering (in small type in the lower right-hand corner) “I’m sorry” but the damage had been done. How many read The Press’s misplaced article as news versus the whispered “I’m sorry?” I suggest The Press not whisper but say it out loud in the same place they printed out loud the misplaced AP article or any other in the future.

JERRY MARTIN

Post Falls

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