Undocumented Facts Should Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt



The other day, your paper printed a letter entitled, "Black hero has a tainted past." It raised questions about the relevance of this section of your paper, and your policy to print letters.

The letter in question was based on the writer's claim to have "FBI reports" which were no longer available. In other words, he had no proof of his allegations. The writer's mission was to besmirch the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man, who besides his human faults, fought for freedom and peace.

Now we find out that Jeff Gannon of Talon News, who has attended numerous presidential press conferences and was allowed to direct "softball" questions when prompted by the president, is a fraud. There is no such news service and "Jeff Gannon" isn't really his name.

It turns out that this individual is a "close personal" friend of Karl Rove. He is a "close personal" friend who runs a homosexual escort service for members of the military, according to major news sources. But, once all of this came out, Talon websites were taken down. (All of this may be verified in articles recently published in The Washington Post, The New York Times and at Salon.com).

The question is how does a person with a bogus name even get into the White House, much less a presidential press conference? I thought that there were agencies called "Homeland Security" and the Secret Service. Apparently those departments aren't doing their job covering the White House, or this bogus newsman was allowed to enter and have access as a result of his close relationship with members of the White House staff. It should not come as any great surprise that President Bush has surrounded himself with this circle of jerks.

I just wish that your paper will not follow the White House's lead and at least indicate that letters based on "secret" documents no longer available to the public are to be taken with a "grain of salt." If only the White House would consider doing the same.

Mark Ernest Reza, Payson

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