In the Standard Examiner blog section online the other day (terrific feature, by the way), Doug Gibson had an entry talking about a reader who canceled their subscription over a liberal editorial the paper printed. Doug made some excellent points about being exposed to differing opinions. While I agree with Doug, I had the unfortunate experience this morning of reading the following in Charles Trentelman's column entitled "The reporter's quandary: to cover or stop a dangerous story": "First, greedy politicians used national media platforms to rouse the mob through anti-Muslim hate speech."
No supporting evidence, no quotes, no names, just slander and unprofessional bias. Now supposedly, one of the advantages traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, have over online sources, such as blogs, are the legions of Professional Editors whose job it is to ensure that journalistic standards are upheld. So does Trentelman have incriminating photos of the paper's owner that ensures he doesn't get edited, or is he so senior, he just doesn't get edited? Who watches the watchers? I don't mind differing opinions, but I would appreciate a bit more accountability and professionalism.
There is a new television series starring William Shatner starting soon, entitled '$#*! My Dad Says'. If the Standard Examiner doesn't want to subject Charles Trentelman to editorial oversight, then change the title of his column, 'The Wasatch Rambler'. How about "$#*! Trentelman Says." At least that would be more accurate.