Letters to editor

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Your choice of running a front-page, above-the-fold article on "Big tech censorship..." in the January 26 issue of the Headlight Herald defies every tenet of responsible and objective journalism.

As an experienced editor and journalist, I am shocked and appalled at this debasing of our community newspaper. Giving credence to someone who is obviously a QAnon advocate (her sweatshirt proudly depicts a flag and an eagle emblazoned with the acronym for a QAnon slogan) without substantiating what messages provoked Facebook's blockage of her pages is without news merit and should not have been published at all, let alone given the prominence you gave it. Jacob is right in stating that "Freedom of speech is a cherished idea." However, don't be deceived, this is not a First Amendment issue. Facebook is a private company and they can, as you at the Headlight Herald can, choose to publish or not publish what they want.

One of my mentors in community journalism, and a former owner of the Headlight Herald - Dave Junke - advised me that even though his name was on the paper's title, the paper belonged to the people in the community it served, and urged me to listen to those voices when I decided what to run.

As one of the people in the Headlight Herald's community, I simply must say to you, the current editor of the Headlight Herald, I don't want this type of sensationalizing and editorializing to be presented as "news" in my newspaper.

-Fred Bassett, Cloverdale

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gene2hike

Thank you to Fred Basset. My thoughts exactly.

S. Johnson

Pacific City

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