Reader claims reporter put words in her mouth |

Reader claims reporter put words in her mouth

To be perfectly clear: Were the Iraq war on the ballot this Tuesday, I would, without hesitation, vote a big fat “no.” I do not, nor have I ever, supported this inept president or his ill-fated insistence on bombing to smithereens a country that had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11, while jeopardizing the lives of thousands of young Americans.

Anyone who’s ever talked to me for 10 minutes would know this about me, so perhaps you could forgive The Union’s reporter Josh Singer for not knowing. He only talked to me for two minutes.

How then did I end up in his article, “Iraq war shapes voters’ opinions,” being quoted as saying “the war was less important than local issues”?

Beats me – I never said it.

I was asked which issues on the ballot were important to me, and I responded that I couldn’t remember them all off the top of my head, but parental consent was definitely important and I wanted to know more about the pros and cons of Measure T.

That’s it. That’s all I said.

I was never asked for my opinion on the war in Iraq, and I was never asked whether I supported Rep. John Doolittle and Charlie Brown, which is ostensibly what the article was about. The words put in my mouth by Josh Singer are a complete fabrication on his part and an indication that he has not a shred of journalistic integrity.

Shawn M. Flynn

Grass Valley

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