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Fire or arson?

I read with interest Jeff Ackerman’s “Noble message marred by cheap shot” on Tuesday, Oct. 15, where he writes about media-bashing and also thinks it’s a fraudulent argument that “alternative” media is somehow better informed, unbiased, or any less “s _ _ _ _ _ .”

I agree that “alternative” media is not inherently better informed, unbiased, etc., but I find it interesting that The Union did not write about Gillander’s e-mailings until after it was reported by the “alternative” Sacramento News and Review, especially knowing The Union was given leads about the mailings before the article appeared in the SN&R.



I applaud The Union’s cover-page story about political mailers Oct. 11, but headlines create a tone that sells newspapers and slants opinions (for example, “Fire in Wildwood” vs. “Wildwood, arsonist or freak fire?”). As well, including a photo of the possibly unethical mailings has the same effect as the authors sending the hit piece. So much for unbiased reporting.

I’m not as concerned about The Union’s or others’ political views as I am about effective, fair and unbiased reporting, and how those words and images affect our community. And it looks to me that The Union, in this case, took its lead from an “alternative” media.




Chip Carman

Nevada City


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