Letter to the editor – fundamentals of journalism

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Dear Editor,

The various responses in recent issues of the NGT regarding an editor expressing strong religious views, reminded me of a similar discussion in the Canadian Snow Bird magazine, that features a monthly full page editorial by Michael Coren, a convert from Judaism to Anglicanism. The CSA publisher strongly defended Coren’s right to express his religious points of view, and so he continues to do so.

Back before Saddam Hussein became public enemy #1, he was being interviewed in his desert camp by the BBC. Asked how he would treat some foe, he used the analogy of a skunk, saying he would much prefer the skunk be scurrying about inside his tent, where he could keep an eye on him, than outside where he could not.

In the ’50s in Ottawa we read two daily newspapers, Gratton O’Leary’s Journal, and the Southam family’s Citizen, one being staunch Conservative, the other Liberal. Most knew that, and read accordingly.

Brian Hendrick, Merrickville

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