2008-10-24 / Letters

Responding To Palmer Doyle

Dear Editor,

I started reading the October10 letter, "Wall Street Irresponsible," by Palmer Doyle, believing it would have something to do with the Wall Street Bailout. And it did at first, until Mr. Doyle began his brief yet damaging attack on Senator Barack Obama. This short paragraph questioned Obama's background, making it seem as though his education and career before entering politics is a giant mystery to the public (read the paper, watch the news - they talk about his past all the time). He mentions his "Muslim ties," falsely aligning him with Al-Qaeda terrorists; he claims he's scared by people "jumping up and down on Obama's scary bandwagon." Now, I'm not going to talk about what frightens me in this election (hint: it's not Obama), but I will encourage Palmer Doyle to back up his statement with evidence. Everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion, but at no point should it be presented as fact. Perhaps he needs to be schooled on simple principles of Journalism; if something has not been PROVEN, then it's best to use terms such as "alleged" or "supposed." I understand it's just a letter in a newspaper, but people believe what they read, and often don't distinguish between what is the truth and what is just some guy writing what he feels.

But hey, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. So Palmer, if you're reading this, send The Wave a letter with your sources, your research, and your facts regarding the claims you made against Barack Obama. Also, if you can, please send some Sarah Palin cartoons - those things are hysterical.

KATIE HONAN

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