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Letter: Tabloid sensationalism

Published on February 6, 2018 4:51PM

To the Editor:

On Jan. 25, a highly inflammatory article appeared on the front of The Firehall Press, entitled, “Leave Boyd Alone!” by Caleb Maplesden. It certainly was an attention-getting headline. I imagine copies flew off counters in every business. It was also an extremely misleading headline worthy of tabloid sensationalism. Most disturbing were allegations that “some of the radicals in Grant County” were behind “threats of full-on violence” toward Commissioner Boyd Britton. A horrifying lynch-mob type scenario was used to help the reader “visualize” the threats. I’m certain the sheriff’s department would have been notified of any violent threats. It appears now that this over-blown article was written after a couple hang-up calls. I get computer generated calls that result in hang ups all the time. The editor of the Fire Hall Press appears to have used this “rumor” to smear certain individuals within the county. It is, at the very least, irresponsible reporting. It also begs the question, why has Boyd Britton not responded to this article in order to lay to rest the rumors? No apologies have been forthcoming from the editor or Britton.

Patti Yellow Hand Bull



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