Friday, February 22, 2008

The readers react

As you might have guessed, the last few days have been turbulent at the Freeman, what with many readers writing and phoning to tell our editors, the publisher and the circulation people in no uncertain terms how much they disapproved of the newspaper's publication of a blog by bigot-turned-murderer James Leshkevich.

I've just finished reading the editors' more detailed perspective, which will be on the editorial page of the Sunday Freeman. (And I speak to the issue briefly this week on the Media Project on WAMC, 6 p.m. Sunday, repeated 3 p.m. Monday.)

The Leshkevich murder-suicide is a tragic, emotional subject, and it produced an understandably visceral reaction. The editorial may not turn around the Freeman's critics, but the editors hope it will at least offer some insight into how and why certain news judgments are made.
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