KNS swings, whiffs

The Knoxville News-Sentinel’s butchered version of a solid argument (the original is in the blog below this one):

“Your presidential primary preview was incomplete. It is clear that your newspaper–if it can be called that–is nothing more than a collusive extension of status quo government largesse which no longer represents the people of the United States. Only one candidate proposes to reduce spending. The same candidate is the only one that has strongly advocated the removal of troops from Iraq. That candidate is Ron Paul, and your newspaper has pretended he does not exist. On behalf of the people of the state of Tennessee, thank you for nothing.

If I may comment. I allowed Knoxville News-Sentinel editor Jack McElroy to trim my letter as he saw fit. Given the rudimentary capabilities shown by his publication in the past, I report with little surprise that Mr. McElroy’s version of “fitness” is what any logical person would call emptiness. He elected to include my points, but not the facts that made them so painfully evident to him. As an “editor,” Mr. McElroy is a professional by position, and not by practice. Whenever Mr. McElroy encountered a stubborn fact, he chose not to publish it; whenever he encountered a bold conclusion, he left it standing alone, without support. I am not sure what his intent was, but the result was to marginalize a good argument by making it seem inappropriate. Applying his journalistic style to observing and reporting the behaviors of a sports fan, when he observes a fan yelling “goal” upon a team’s score, Mr. McElroy reports that a person cried “goal” for no particular reason, perhaps during opening warm-ups or half-time, or in a coffee shop downtown; only Mr. McElroy knows the setting of the declaration, and he keeps it carefully out of public knowledge. If he considers it his job to inform, he has, in this instance, failed entirely, and the result of his reporting is bewilderment, the opposite of his purpose. By leaving out the reason behind a beneficial argument, Mr. McElroy has proven that his skill with written words can be used to negative ends. It is unknown whether he has used this skill to contribute to society in positive ways, but his status has certainly afforded him the opportunity.


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