Times lacks integrity
Dear Editor:What is The Aspen Times policy on contributing anonymous quotes? Most journalism institutions have a fairly simple policy as when to allow anonymity.Your front-page article (Oct. 26) regarding Mass at St. Mary’s on Sunday seems to cross the line of common sense and journalistic integrity. The only direct quotes you attributed to anyone were attributed to Fr. Michael O’Brien. The detractors to Fr. O’Brien and the Catholic Church’s policy were all directly quoted while remaining anonymous.Anonymity should be reserved for people who put themselves, their careers and their families in jeopardy by revealing egregious conduct within an institution. For instance, a person who claimed sexual abuse should definitely receive anonymity. A whistleblower or a person in a “Deep Throat” situation should receive anonymity.These people were simply disagreeing with policy and teachings. They deserve as much anonymity as the people who write letters and articles disagreeing with Bush or Kerry who proudly sign their name to their beliefs.When Martin Luther nailed his grievances with the Catholic Church’s policy and teachings to the front door of the church, he did not want or expect anonymity. He was a man of conviction who believed what he said, and was willing to stand up for it.The people who contributed these quotes without their names are cowards who shame themselves, their families, and our community. However, the true culpability of the entire situation lies in your complete lack of journalistic integrity.Nick KertzAspenites for Intellectual Honesty & IntegrityAspen
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