In the course of catching up on some weekend reading, I came across Joyce Miles' column regarding the formation of the Libertarian Party in Niagara County, something we touched on last week. So I'm perusing through, reading Scott Leffler's reasons for starting it and Bob Confer's comments (side note: are Leffler and Confer attached at the hip these days?)and then I come across this:
By and large, Republican candidates for office this year proclaimed all is well when it’s not, and Democratic candidates simply declared everything stinks without suggesting how to make it better.
OK, I'd expect a comment like that from Leffler or Confer in conveying their rationale for starting the party. But they DID NOT SAY IT. It's actually body copy. So either Joyce is expressing an opinion in the midst of her reporting or the editors at GNN failed to attribute it properly.
It's this type of shoddy journalism that I am growing tired off. To say in the body copy, which should be factual, that Republicans say everything is fine and Democrats say everything stinks is a ridiculous oversimplification and quite frankly not true.
It might be fine rhetoric if attributed to someone being interviewed, but it's poor journalism when the reporter makes that a factual statement in the article. Makes you wonder how many other subtle editorials make it into GNN stories.
Here's the link, judge for yourself: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/local/local_story_315230905.html