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update: -of what-the-hell-are-you-talking-about by jgrimsrud
Thursday, 16 October 2008, 13:48
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

replies to “what the hell are you talking about?”

via comments on stein’s dnr piece:

October 16, 2008 8:59 AM

You realize, of course, that I didn’t write the headline. My headline was “No Religious Test for Office.” It was the ignorant editor, I assume, who wrote the inflammatory one.


fair enough, mr stein; it looks like this was unfortunate editorial sabotage & i appreciate your core arguments in the piece. i definitely respect your intent, & i know my response hasn’t been clear in its direction toward the editor vs. you, the writer (the editor really shouldn’t write his own opinion in headline form, and if he does, he should sign his name to it).

i do think, though, that the points could’ve been made w/in a frame that wouldn’t be so easy to misdirect or misunderstand.

will we be seeing a correction or clarification of the issue in the paper? (letter to the editor, etc.?) i agree w/ peter (15) that the headline, at least, was obviously intentional & i think it compromised your voice & message as author. if the editor can write his own editorial; he should keep his voice out of others’ op-eds and articles!

-the state

so why is this a big deal?  here’s one person’s idea, via the atlantic.

so thanks, dear dnr editor, fom being unable to refrain messing with somebody’s “open forum” op-ed & pandering to this level of discourse:

i don’t buy that it was an innocent or ignorant editorial mistake.  otherwise why change stein’s own “no religious test for office” headline?

presidents and candidates have been assassinated by nutjobs in this country.  if the unthinkable were to happen, would irresponsible editors and folks who say “he palls around with terrorists” be held responsible for their actions?


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