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Is The Signal turning to yellow journalism?

Posted: November 4, 2008 9:25 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 4:59 a.m.
 
In response to the article by Brian Charles "Prop. 8 debate fuels protests" (Oct. 28): I am toally disgusted by the apparent use of "yellow journalism" by The Signal.

Most of the article appeared to be unbiased news reporting.

Then Mr. Charles inserted the following paragraph: "Brittney Walsh, Brittany Kelly and Connor Quinn stood on the southeast corner of Soledad Canyon and Bouquet Canyon roads holding a makeshift cardboard sign.

"Walsh with her multiple piercings and Quinn with his tattoo-covered arms stood in contrast to the political T-shirt clad Yes on 8 supporters."

What exactly was Mr. Charles and, by allowing this section to be printed, The Signal trying to tell us?

It seems as though The Signal is inferring that opponents of Proposition 8 are the dirty, dregs of society and the scum of the earth, while the proponents of Proposition 8 are clean cut and good people.

No matter how you feel about people with tattoos and piercings, or even their race, creed or religion, or Proposition 8 itself, you will have to agree that this section had no part of this article and was NOT un-biased reporting.

By classifying proponents or oppoents of any ballot issue or nominees by their appearance, you are no worse than any bigot who lets his or her personal stereotypes surface to try to appeal to voters based on the irrelevent and pure emotion and not the facts.

To the editors of the Signal:
If you have something to impart to us that will try to sway voters to to vote a certain way on any partucular referendum or nominee, please save it for the opinion page.

I also feel you owe Brittney Walsh, Brittany Kelly and Connor Quinn a public apology.

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