Columnist should not write news articles

Journalism 101 clearly explains that writers of editorial and opinion columns do not write news stories as well.

Dear Editor:

I peruse the Summerland Review occasionally. When I do, always count on Tom Fletcher’s column to fill me in on the latest right-wing, climate change denier thinking.

As an acknowledged conservative flack, Fletcher is a decent writer and can on occasion be mildly entertaining.

But to my surprise in last week’s paper, I go from his highly opinionated opinion column on Page 4, sympathizing with the plight of poor beleaguered petroleum megacorporations, to an actual “news” article about LNG on Page 13, authored by the same Tom Fletcher!

Journalism 101 clearly explains that writers of editorial and opinion columns do not write news stories as well. I guess Tom Fletcher missed that class.

Don Gayton




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