The N&R responds to our letter to the editor about accuracy in LTE with this note:
The News & Record’s policy is to screen and edit letters for factual errors. Occasionally not all inaccuracies are caught.
I was hoping for a little more detail on process, and perhaps a bit more acknowledgement of the scale of the problem.
Below, the letter as published in this morning's print and online editions:
Expressing an opinion is a right. Having an opinion published in the newspaper is not a right.
The News & Record should not publish letters that contain clear misstatements of fact without appending clarifications or corrections.
One recent letter to the editor said Women’s Hospital might close in October. This is not true. Women’s Hospital might close in 2019. Saying otherwise is not an opinion, it’s a mistake. It is reckless for the N&R to publish that kind of misinformation without telling a concerned community the real story.
An even more recent letter stated that scientists now have evidence that dinosaurs lived several thousand years ago. This is not true. Saying otherwise is not the writer’s sentiment, it’s an assertion of (alleged) fact that should not be printed without commentary in a serious newspaper.
We are entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts. What is the newspaper’s policy on the accuracy of information it publishes?
Twenty-eight people, via social media, added their names as co-signatories of this letter (http://edcone.typepad.com/wordup/2014/08/a-letter-to-the-editor.html andhttps://www.facebook.com/edcone/posts/10152662847380421).
Editor’s note: The News & Record’s policy is to screen and edit letters for factual errors. Occasionally not all inaccuracies are caught.