E-mail exchange from Dec. 14, 2011, with Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic

Sent: Wed 12/14/2011 8:18 PM

To: Lyle Muller <>

Hi Lyle,

Thanks for your note and for clarifying that. I trust your records are accurate, despite Prof. Bloom’s memories.

Sincerest regards,

Garance Franke-Ruta


On 12/14/11 8:59 PM, "Lyle Muller" <> wrote:

Dear Ms. Franke-Ruta:

Thank you for correcting the record about what The Gazette printed on an Easter Sunday front page that Stephen Bloom referred to in his Atlantic essay about Iowa. No headline stating “He is Risen” was spread across any Easter Sunday front page of The Gazette between 1986 and 2006, according our archives. The headline would not have appeared in one edition of the newspaper but not the ones in our


The Gazette reference in the article is a small one given the scope of the ultimate message being conveyed in the Bloom piece. Plenty in the article exists about which to dispute but truths also exists about which the people of this state – of which I am a native – need to consider.

Sadly, the article’s sarcastic tone and need to address an error detract for the moment from larger issues that Bloom identifies, such as Iowa’s aging population and small towns that have lost their vibrancy. Even so, our newspaper, as well as others in Iowa, will continue to report on them.

Lyle Muller

Gazette Editor319-398-8210

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.