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Post Disgrace ‘Edits’ Lt. Gov. Kinder’s Letter to the Editor; Cuts Criticism of Itself

April 5th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

 ”Always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers…always be drastically independent.” – Taken from the STL Post Dispatch’s platform

“A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself. – Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer must be rolling over in his grave again today. It’s truly sad to see what the out of town conglomerate from Iowa has done to a once proud and ethical newspaper. It’s no wonder the staff is moonlighting!

Everyone knew that the paper’s reporters and editorial staff leaned to the left, but you could always at least count on the paper printing (in full) the opposing side’s viewpoints. We found out over the weekend that apparently is no longer the case. Below is a letter Lt. Gov. Kinder posted on his website:

Dear Friends,

On Saturday, you may have read my letter to the editor which was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I wrote this letter in response to the Post-Dispatch’s biased coverage of our efforts to stop the federal health care reform, a huge infringement on our personal freedoms.

What you read today in the Post-Dispatch was not my entire letter.

It seems the Post-Dispatch is eager to criticize others for taking a stand, but not willing to face criticism itself. In my original letter, below, I described the blemished track record of the Post-Dispatch’s editorial page. Sadly, but tellingly, that paragraph was cut.  I also assume that the “powers that be” decided they didn’t like me mentioning that their own parent company had recently cited the potential for increasing health care costs if the federal legislation became law.

Since the Post-Dispatch decided not to tell the whole story, I have included the original letter below (the sections that were removed by the Post-Dispatch editors are highlighted in red).

Together, we will continue the fight to protect our freedoms.

Peter

Read more…

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  • 1 Caleb // Apr 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I just spoke to the woman who said she edits the letters to the editor. First she claimed that it was too long. I politely pointed out to her that as a former journalist myself, the content she chose to take out completely changed the content of the Lt. Governor’s letter. She then claimed that “well it’s because that content had nothing to do with the newspapers original criticism of the Lt. Gov.”
    Pffffft. I then reminded her that it is unethical for a journalist to blatanly change the content or meaning of what someone else told them or has written to them. To which she she, oh whatever. I suppose we must bow to the genius that is the staff of the Post Dispatch. Pay no attention to the President, er I mean man, behind the curtain….

  • 2 JJ // Apr 5, 2010 at 9:48 am

    This is why print journalism is going bankrupt, because they have no integrity or morals. I look forward to the days when the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Sun News, KC Star and STL Post dispatch are bankrupt and out of business and puts their unethical journalists out into the real world where they’ll get fired for the lies they tell.

  • 3 Carl Bearden // Apr 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    You are too kind to the P-D. They could never be counted on to print a leter in its entirety before Lee took them over.

    Their ability to print dissenting views much less objective news ceaseded long, long ago.

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