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Letter: Durst’s column more fit for tabloids

Posted: September 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Usually the Signal Opinion page is a treat to read — well-balanced columns well-written by well-informed writers.

However, Will Durst’s “Worse campaign ever” (Sept. 25) on Mitt Romney reads like a troll ranting on a Huffington Post commentary. It is without a doubt the worst written column piece of editorialized hate and contempt I have ever read in any newspaper at any time.

It is fine to criticize a public figure; it is interesting to argue a point of view, and argue points of fact. But yellow journalism sentences such as “so uncomfortable around real people, you can practically hear him whisper ‘icky, icky, icky, icky’ under his breath,” and “You know there’s an aide with a bottle of hand sanitizer waiting for him on the bus,” are not literary fodder which provokes thoughtful reflection.

This is writer’s trash more fit for the tabloids and gossip columns than posing as a serious column in a respectable newspaper — no matter what the byline says.

I am frankly surprised and disappointed to see the editorial standards of this usually fine newspaper sink to this new low.



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