Reader not happy with editor

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

I wanted to share an e-mail I received this morning from a reader who was not happy with the thoughts I shared in the column published in Sunday's paper, and my response. Here it is, for what it's worth. I have redacted the reader's name because I don't think she wanted the e-mail published.

To read the column, link to it from here.

----- Original Message -----


From: (a reader)
[mailto:xxxxxx@gmail.com]
To: mattwesterhold@sanduskyregister.com
Sent: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:37:32 -0400
Subject: Sunday's column

Dear Matt,

In your column you refer to the "patriotic men and women who love their country" as listening to leaders who love only themselves. These "pseudo-journalists" you malign love their country with a passion and are willing to ask the hard questions and look for the truth; which is what good journalism is all about.  You are the ones who are "angry and sore losers" because fewer and fewer smart Americans are buying your papers and watching your network reporting.  Maybe if you reported what's going on in this country and in this administration you would have a little more credibility.  I can't believe you used the words "disrespecting the president"! Where were you the last eight years??  The democratic party wrote the book on disrespecting the presidency and now they're boo-hooing when they get a taste of that medicine!  By the way, has Harry Reid apologized to President Bush for calling him a liar and a loser?  The answer is NO!

The people who are really "doing our country a disservice" are the empty-headed journalists who are like bobble-head dolls when it comes to any reporting on their "messiah".

President Obama said to look at the people he surrounds himself with to know who he is and what he is about. Have you done that or are you afraid of what you might find?  Fraud and corruption in Washington in both parties are going to bring this country down unless people are willing to expose it and say we've had enough and this must stop. This country that I love is heading down the wrong path with this administration.  I hope the president and the congress are listening to the voices of the people before they make poor decisions that will negatively impact this country for generations to come.

Respectfully,

(Reader)
Huron, Ohio
(419) xxx-xxxx
xxxxxx@gmail.com

Here's my reply:

From: Matt Westerhold <mattwesterhold@sanduskyregister.com>
To: (Reader) <xxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: 09/14/2009 06:08 AM
Subject: Re: Sunday's column

Dear (Reader),

Obviously we disagree here on most of what I wrote about on Sunday, so I am not sure anything I write in reply to your email will have any value for you. Thank you, however, for offering your thoughts.

Matt Westerhold
Managing editor/Sandusky Register

Comments

Karl Hungus-Mr....

Wow, it is almost the same lame response you gave the concern CCW holders that felt betrayed by you.

fred

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Oliver Hardy

fred, what is your point?

Karl Hungus-Mr....

I should clarify that while I think this is a lame response that does not show any respect for a customer or a reader, I cannot disagree with the points.

However, this playbook was stolen from the Democrats and their attitudes and treatment of Bush the last 8 years.  Of course as we all know before that the Republicans had a firm grasp on the playbook and used it against Clinton.

The fact of the matter is that this playbook has been passed around for years.  To bad some people respond to the plays in childish or disrespectful ways.

brutus smith

You know what letter writer? Your ideas on  which way the country should go were voted down last November. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride until at least 2012 but more likely 2016.

Oliver Hardy
I have to admit that I have not read Sunday's paper. What really caught my eye was the following sentence from the unknown writer's email.

"Fraud and corruption in Washington in BOTH parties are going to bring this country down unless people are willing to expose it and say we've had enough and this must stop."

There is corruption in both parties and at times both the Democrats and Republicans will protect each other for fear of exposure. There is fraud. There is waste. There is theft of taxpayer money, PERIOD!

I would like to see Obama go after the corruption in BOTH parties, and also go after those who steal and waste taxpayer money. I admit that I did not vote for Obama but he can become one of the greatest Presidents. I am going to give Obama a chance to clean up corruption, fraud and waste in government.

It is up to the news media to report truthful news and ALL of the news. Corruption in government exists at the local, state and national levels. Don't look for the FBI or the Ohio Attorney General to expose it. After all, William Mark Felt, Sr. also know as "Deep Throat" was the Number 2 man in charge of the FBI. Felt needed to go to a newspaper, The Washington Post, to expose the Watergate scandal. If newspapers are going to cover up corruption, then the newspapers are abetting the corruption.

A real journalist will tell it like it is, PERIOD! A real journalist will report ALL of the truth and not try to hide some of the truth. To hide some of the truth is akin to telling a lie.
 

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Mime Bloggling

I too thought Matt's reply and original column was not only lame but disrespectful too...this is what happens when you substitute smear and condescension for argument. It's worked wonderfully well for the left leaning press for years at least until now (however the truth would be nice once in awhile). The Tea Party Patriot movement fortunately isn't astroturf as much as the Democrats and left wing press (Matt included) would want you to believe. As the saying goes astroturf can't grow...and the Tea Party Movement is snowballing into the biggest grassroots movement this country has ever seen. Thank God for independent news blogs for which we would otherwise not have any real balance to what's happening in our world. For Matt..hey it brings traffic to the website yes?.....I guess a little capitalism isn't a bad thing afterall... ;-)

Blowfish

Most people were not happy the direction the nation took the last 4 years as evident by last election.  Understandibly people are scared and afraid of change.  But isn't that what Obama's election was all about?  People who don't like the way things are going probably didn't vote for him anyway.  But that's democracy.  Its obvious tough choices have to be made along with uncompfortable sacrifices.  That is what being president is all about.  You are never going to please all the people all the time so best to stick to what you believe.

rbeau69

Geez Brutus, get your head out of the sand. Apparently you haven't looked at most of the recent polls out there.  Most of them are saying that Obama likely won't see another 4 years in office.  In addition, the 2010 elections will likely see the Democrat majority in Congress long gone.  The last poll I seen had 78 % of the respondents saying that they would not vote for Obama in 2012.  Take a look at Obamas approval rating and you will see that it is tanking.  We may have the messiah for 3 more years but you can count on the fact that his rubber stamp congress will be gone next year, now thats change you can believe in.

CM

Matt,

You are the reason i cancelled the paper!

Oliver Hardy

Hey Matt,

It has almost been 3 weeks since you put up a new topic for your blog.

Do you recall this previous "opinion" of yours?

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2008/04/27/viewpoints/register_viewpoints/740058.txt

The BATF has filed charges. Must be something that will stick when the Feds file charges. What is your opinion now of your pal? It is OK Matt. Many people have been swindled by a smooth talker. After all, you are a human being. But you can still right a wrong as there is time.
 

Bernardcraig20

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