Letter to the Editor

Publisher's column

Friday, January 18, 2019

Regarding Publisher Buengerís opinion piece, ďNW Iowa values arenít reflected in Kingís statement,Ē she forsakes two of our values. One is we donít pile on when someone is down. The other is we give the benefit of the doubt.

It was foolish of King to give that interview to a proven hostile NYT. Why the public seized on that biased source as gospel is puzzling, but Kingís long and outspoken advocacy for Western Civilization has long been misunderstood. Nearly everyone piled on, quickly condemning King for the NYTís version of his quote.

But Buengerís pile on is troubling because as a journalist she knows how verbal interviews are transcribed to text and she knows how to structure sentences and paragraphs. She heard Kingís floor speech explaining the punctuation error in the NYTís quote and she would understand how that could have happened. Her trained eye would see that the words that end the statement quoted best fit Kingís explanation, not the NYTís version. Foxís Brit Hume was among the few strong enough to publicly recognize that, but not Buenger. There was no benefit of the doubt from that Iowan.

King is likely damaged beyond recovery. Actions taken against him are insulting to him and to the people of the 4th District. The 4th District will be harmed by having its voice on the ag committee removed. The punishment appears a bit strong.

Don Etler, Spencer