July 16, 2020

Exercise in innuendo

I suppose it was a slow week in Washington. Or maybe John Day has set his sights on a future career with a supermarket sleaze sheet. Otherwise, please explain his exercise in innuendo of July 25-26.

Perhaps he had nothing to do with the headline (“No spare change for Larry”) affixed to his column, but the column is his.

Here is the pattern: 1) Rumor of scandalous behavior is tossed out, in this case Sen. George Mitchell ignores a homeless beggar; 2) tawdry details are suggested; 3) the decision is made that, lo and behold, the supposed incident probably didn’t happen! 4) and then, the coup de grace, refute your own conclusion by saying the scandal belongs right up there with blah, blah — as if it had happened.

What such crude displays do is to call your basic integrity and professionalism into question. No, more than that, it damns your journalistic worth. One must wonder, after reading such drivel, if Day has been looking for something to tar and feather Mitchell with, and due either to his laziness or Mitchell’s basic good character, hasn’t been able to find it.

So, the equivalent of a National Enquirer piece. And who said only children throw tantrums? James A. Cyr Presque Isle

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