Letter to the editor: Accountability accepted

Posted 3/7/19

I am very pleased to read that the writer who claimed professional journalism is not held accountable has surrendered that argument. He does so when when he calls attention to a defamation lawsuit …

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Letter to the editor: Accountability accepted

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I am very pleased to read that the writer who claimed professional journalism is not held accountable has surrendered that argument. He does so when when he calls attention to a defamation lawsuit filed against the Washington Post and “maybe more plaintiffs” by the parents of Nick Sandmann. That is the definition of accountable. As for the claim of “little evidence of racist or offensive statements by the Catholic youths,” this is where the world of opinion has supremacy. Yes, there was a small group at the Lincoln Memorial on Rev. Dr. King’s holiday saying incredibly offensive things. And yes, there was a larger group of school boys intent on confronting the smaller group of offenders. And I still praise Mr. Phillips for defusing the situation with a prayer chant. But all accounts show dozens of boys engaged in incredibly offensive and racist war dances, war chants and exaggerated “tomahawk chop” motions while in an agitated state. These are things on which we can disagree without dismissing those who disagree with us, but neither can we claim criminal behavior without evidence. Child abuse has strict definitions in the legal code and making an accusation of a crime requires proof, not anecdotes. Maybe the school boy’s ineffective chaperones should bear more responsibility for the shameful display that day.
Remember to read and watch as many news sources as you can. It’ll do you good!
Paul Barnkow,
Arvada

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