Don Mathes: Headline shameful
February 17, 2008
Your headline on the ViewPoints op-ed page Feb. 13 – “God does not favor the Jewish people” – is totally misleading and blatantly anti-Semitic.
You used part of a sentence in a letter, took it out of context, and totally distorted what the writer of that letter wanted to say. That is unconscionable for a paper that purports to be objective and a forum for multiple “viewpoints.”
The full sentence read “…the God that I believe in created all people equal and does not favor the Jewish people over any other.” That is a far cry from the meaning in your headline; indeed, that headline is a far cry from the meaning and purpose of a thoughtful and positive letter that your headline also totally distorts.
Your editors ought to be ashamed – and more careful in the future.