The Montana Standard is to be commended for including the “Our readers Speak” column in their newspaper. This forum allows local people to present their opinions on local, state, and national issues. However, several recent contributors have gone beyond just presenting an opinion. They attempted to back up their opinions with outlandish quotes supposedly made by a politician.
They presented these quotes as facts without giving a verified source.
Recently, a contributor made the statement that President George W. Bush said that “The Constitution is just a damn piece of paper.” If the contributor had done his homework, he would have found that this accusatory statement was made by a liberal political website called Capitol Hill Blue. Capitol Hill Blue later recanted their story by saying “This article was based on sources that we thought, at the time, were reliable. We have since discovered reasons to doubt their veracity. For that reason, this article has been removed.”
In another recent opinion letter written by E. Herman, Herman stated that President Bush, on a “very early morning program”, made this statement:
“President Obama didn’t put this country in this condition, I did.” I ask you mister Herman, what “very early morning program” were you watching and why didn’t you tell us the name of the program in your letter? If President Bush had made such a statement, we all know that the liberal media would have been all over this story and it would have been in the newspapers and on NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN for days. Please E. Herman, submit another letter which includes the exact source of the statement that you contribute to President Bush. I will be watching closely for it!
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