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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

At last, an editor who gets it - in Brattleboro, VT

Romanesko has the story and the links.

The editor of the Brattleboro Reformer, Kathryn Casa, published a letter which said that
Jews are running the town, and the state, and the country for that matter.

Now, I don't know the south Vermont town from a hole in the ground: but I suspect that an objective study would show that Jewish influence there is less than all-pervasive.

You can imagine an only mildly tarted-up version of Ms Casa's reply to the Beinarts of her burg voiced by James Stewart in a c1940 Frank Capra film, over a Dmitri Tiomkin score:
Publishing a letter is in no way an endorsement of the letter writer's position. We run many letters that we find offensive, as long as they are free of overt name-calling and libelous material. The reason we do so is because they represent the diversity of opinions that constitute our community, even those opinions that are unpalatable; to err, as it were, on the side of free speech.

From the New Republic, the New McCarthyism; from the Brattleboro Reformer, the Old Republic. The sterling tradition of the small American newspaper, most famously represented by William Allen White's Emporia Gazette, has a new champion.

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