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'Snarky' Signal headlines

Posted: November 14, 2009 1:40 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On Nov. 4, Stephen Peeples and Signal staff wrote of Joe Messina's "expected win."

On Nov. 5, Tammy Marashlian of The Signal wrote of the Hart race under a headline calling Messina an "underdog" who won - per the secondary headline - "due to a lack of competition."

His immediate lack of competition, Signal-endorsed Suzan Solomon, had 6,162 votes per The Signal to Mr. Messina's 6,412 votes.

Most fair-minded observers would certainly say that Mr. Messina had competition.

You apparently approve of snarky headlines, because they are reasonably common under your watch. Another example is Nov. 5's banner headline hatchet job on Kathy Colley, whom The Signal also didn't endorse.

Calling the westside advisory vote "murky" in your headline is decidedly misleading. The westside advisory vote shot down separate cityhood by a wide margin, which any fair-minded journalist would have considered the clear verdict of that advisory vote.

There is nothing "murky" about neither annexation to the city of Santa Clarita nor continued county governance of the westside being more or less tied as a second-choice decision.

Signal-endorsed candidates and/or positions would probably be more respected if The Signal kept its opinions on its editorial page.


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