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[Susan notes: Kudos for calling editorialists on their exaggerations and dirty tricks.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

This editorial (Re "Image isn't everything") proved nothing except that The Times can dish out bash journalism at its worst -- and this one packed a knockout punch. Why, the writer managed to provide (in one paragraph no less!) analogies to pederasty and cross-country illegal trafficking (umm, is it even possible to get more sensationalist than that?) and end with the grandstanding (if cliche) line "It's a public travesty" -- ouch!

But look where this stinging editorial was directed (surprise): at public education (again). Let's flip this around and get a lot closer to the true motive of The Times. The true "public travesty" here is journalism at its worst, transparently serving a conservative cause by hammering away at one of the few remaining unionized sectors of the national economy: public education. The Times doesn't like it, and neither do its wealthy readers. Image isn't everything, and if The Times thinks it can pull sick journalistic stunts like this one and maintain its integrity, it is sadly mistaken. This punch backfired.

Virginia Olive Hoge

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