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Fiction over fact

Posted: March 10, 2010 10:06 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Your editorial (“Look out for criminally misleading junk mail,” Feb. 28) was a masterpiece of innuendo and character assassination, a triumph of fiction over fact.

At first, I found your tale of the “criminally misleading” piece of junk mail to be compelling. But it wasn’t until I visited The Signal offices that I discovered that no such piece of junk mail existed and no candidate is involved.

By inference, The Signal discredited the challengers in the coming City Council elections, while giving a stroke of approval to the three incumbents. And the challengers have done nothing wrong.

It was The Signal that did everything wrong. You said that some “obnoxious piece of junk mail” was coming to local mail boxes that would be “criminally misleading.”

The content of this post card: Simply a headline and story that appeared a few days earlier on the front page of The Signal. And your editorial warned readers to make “better use of your money than donating it to a candidate who would solicit your vote with a lie.”

The lie apparently was yours — the headline and story.

The Signal wrote this editorial about a piece that didn’t exist and about a candidate that didn’t exist. Through insinuation, you have damaged the campaigns of the challengers. The only persons who apparently benefited were the incumbents.

What did they say to compel you to write this piece?

This saddens me about The Signal, which was once a respected paper. This editorial is the most sophomoric piece of journalism I have ever seen.

I think you owe each of the challengers an apology.

Editor’s note: On March 7, we clarified the issues raised in the editorial titled, “Now about last Sunday’s editorial...” which noted: “The editorial was intended to negate the effectiveness of such a mailer campaign and to alert the reader to the possibility — given the history of local City Council races, one might say the likelihood — that such a mailer would turn up last minute in voters’ mailboxes. ... However, we clearly failed to make our intention clear. People understood us to say either such a mailer had been sent out, or such a mailer was about to be sent out.”

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