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Shoddy journalism

Dear Editor:

I’m writing in reference to an article in the Aug. 13 Aspen Times by Erica Werner: “Just who are these health care protesters?”

Finally, I thought, the Associated Press is going to confront this troubling issue. What I got was a thinly veiled endorsement for Glenn Beck.

Essentially the article is factual. The bias screams out in what has been omitted.

These protesters, many of whom bare a deep mistrust for the government, are being corrupted and emboldened by a series of preposterous lies about health care reform; lies perpetuated by health and insurance industry lobbyists, conservative talk show hosts, Fox News Channel and Republican politicians, to name a few.

These honorable politicians and wise pundits reassure they’re loyal trusting flock by saying, “Yes, it’s true, the big bad black Obama wants to kill you; of course he wants to kill you, but we won’t let him! We will thwart his evil, Socialist, Nazi, Fascist, Communist, Un-Real American, Godless attempts to change your life for the better!”

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In other words, they LIE, and with each lie the anger grows.

To avoid preaching to the choir and getting off point, I won’t repeat all of what my esteemed Democratic weenie colleagues call “common misconceptions” about health care reform. We know the drill.

My point is: Any serious discussion about who these protesters are and why they’re so damned mad, without taking into consideration the lies they’ve been fed, is impossible. It’s bad journalism at best; more likely, propaganda.

Shame on AP for circulating a shallow, deceptive Op-Ed piece in the guise of news.

Shame on you for printing it as such.

P.S. Same issue, page A8: If the car was found, why are the police still looking for it? Did the police get the suspect’s description from a witness, or did they just take note of what she looked like when they arrested her? C’mon guys, read what you’re printing!

Bill Hallisey

Aspen Village