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PostSubject: What letters to run?   Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:56 pm

Should publications run letters that contain factual inaccuracies?

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Tucker says the AJC has printed many letters from readers insisting that PeachCare has run out of money because so many illegal immigrants are on the rolls. "That's not true, but if we don't print those letters, those readers will believe we're biased," she said.
Readers who still believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that they were taking to Syria are allowed to express that view even though it is clearly not true.

If a letter is so distorted it needs an editor's note, Tucker won't run it. She worries that adding an editor's note would embarrass the writer.
Latimer says allowing letters based on erroneous premises and misstated facts can be damaging.

"Ignorance isn't bliss. It's dangerous, and even the letter writer might appreciate knowing they weren't completely accurate," she said.

Read the whole Atlanta Journal-Constitution story
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