Letters to the Editor

Fact check before criticizing The Gazette

Because our newspapers are so important to democracy and have been getting such a bad rap under this administration, a few journalistic points should be understood, Donna Dufoe Sims (“Sullivan needs to go back to journalism 101” Oct. 20). First, Adam Sullivan is an opinion columnist, not a reporter. I frequently disagree with what he opines, but by putting his thoughts out there, he’s doing his job. Reporters, on the other hand, work hard to investigate and present factual news to the public. Yes, sometimes they make mistakes. So do you. So do I.

As to “facts,” there are many respected non-partisan, award-winning fact-checking sources. Fact Check, PolitiFact, ProPublica, and Snopes are just a few of them. You can find these and others online. You can also find many examples of untruths the president has told the American public in the past four years. Some estimates are as high as 20,000 lies. A recent example: the president continues to declare before large crowds that the COVID-19 pandemic is over and nothing to worry about, even as case counts soar, fatalities climb, the stock market dips, and countries worldwide are shutting down.

Perhaps before drawing critical conclusions about The Gazette, readers should do their own research and fact checking. You may be surprised

Ann Christenson

Coralville

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