Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

May 1, 2013

Letter to the Editor

The Journal Express

---- — To the Editor:

I appreciate your candor in explaining your use of quotation marks around the word “affordable” in news stories regarding the Affordable Care Act. The issue here is not affordability but credibility.

News is to be presented objectively and professionally. If you feel “affordable” is a misnomer, your opinion belongs on the opinion page. Your disagreement with the term is neither news nor professional.

This calls into question your news judgment and, potentially, your integrity as an editor. It is obvious that you are biased against the Affordable Care Act. As you report the story, does your opinion bias your questions or how you ask them? As you write the story, do you leave out information that might support the Affordable Care Act? Do your opinions on other stories determine where they run in the paper, or if they run at all? This is important to me, as someone who occasionally contributes stories to the Journal-Express.

As a former professional journalist, I know that journalists are human. But a community newspaper is a sacred trust. Please treat it as such.

As a reader, I trust you to provide the news without bias. If I want your opinion, I know where to find it, and that should not be in a news story.

Lastly, as a subscriber, I pay $32 a year for the Journal-Express. Please don’t give me cause to question whether this is affordable.

Pat Finan