No place for editors on opinions page
This Letter addresses your July 2 email to me concerning commentary, “Rededicating ourselves to our Founders,” (July 3). You questioned sentences, “Currently, America confronts another mindset – Black Lives Matter – communists masquerading as a racial justice movement. BLM aims to dismantle everything our Founders created.”
You’d researched my sentences about BLM, but hadn’t sufficient time “to get any clarity (truth) on the organization.” You suggested I add “in my opinion” or “that you believe.”
I disagreed. Even without sources immediately at my fingertips, I knew my sentences were factual, not opinions. (My sources: insurgency expert Trevor Loudon, “Black Lives Matter is a communist movement – period” and “YouTube: BLM’s Leftist Agenda Has Little to do with Black Lives.”) So I suggested, “My sources cause me to believe that BLM is a Marxist organization,” which you published, along with “BLM aims in my opinion is to dismantle everything our Founders created.”
When is it the editor’s responsibility to verify the truthfulness of commentary? As I’ve stated in previous commentaries, I take great care at being factually correct before presenting opinions from those facts. Commentators’ reputations depend upon their writing opinion that’s based on truth. Do you verify truthfulness in all commentaries, like those of Kevin Kennedy? I don’t see “I believe” in many commentaries – because it’s redundant – even those that are knowingly false. Informed readers judge commentaries for truthfulness and validity against other evidence. Commentary opinions belong to the commentators, not to the editors.
Donovan “Mark” Quimby