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Letter: Bias showing

Usually The Recorder treats local news with some objectivity. I was taken aback, therefore, to see Anita Fritz’s lead article “Norman rewrites wetland ordinance.” I feel particularly entitled to be critical since I personally agree with the article’s viewpoint. I think a big box store would be a valuable addition to Greenfield and that the vocal opposition of Al Norman and his supporters has delayed, but probably not stopped, the construction of such a store.

Even the subhead of the article gives the bias away: “Before public hearing has even taken place, Town Council committee presents big box opponent’s revision of Conservation Commission proposal.” The word “even” is editorializing in a place where editorializing does not belong. And the first paragraph refers to a “known sprawlbuster,” implying that sprawlbusters are not much better than gangsters.

This is an editorial failure, not just a reporting failure. If a reporter writes an unduly biased article, it is the responsibility of the news editor to demand that it be rewritten.



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