Your Opinion: Story omissions hurt credibility
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I noticed a few omissions in the approximately eight inches of John Bolton’s resume in the article about Bolton campaigning for Tom Schweich. Bolton was nominated to be United Nations ambassador, but was not confirmed by the Senate.
Republican senators were instrumental in the defeat of Bolton. A former State Department official described Bolton as a “kiss up, kick down” type guy. He has a problem with people who disagree with him.
Bolton tried to get two intelligence officers fired when they disagreed with him about Cuba. An American woman contractor said that he threw a folder at her. Later he threw a tape dispenser. When he could not intimidate her, he criticized her weight, accused her of stealing money and told people she was a lesbian.
Bolton’s actions were enough that even Republicans did not want him to represent the U.S. in the UN.
Your readers would be better served by printing all of the facts. In a time when newspapers are losing their relevance, it would be in your interest and the interest of your readers to print all of the facts.
Creditability could be lost if readers see articles as favoring certain candidates.
As for State Auditor Tom Schweich, Jim Dyke says in the June 20 News Tribune, “The good book says, ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”
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