I’m writing in response to the publication of Andrew Boydston’s rant (online-only letter to the editor).
Having been a reporter in a highly conservative landscape, and having been part of the editorial conversation about publishing opinion letters, I feel at least nominally aware of how that process works.
In journalism you’re always fighting against opinions about whether or not you do a good job — even if that opinion is biased and incorrect. The newspaper I worked for received letters like this throughout the year, and our conservative editorial team never published them because the letters didn’t provide value or insight or perspective — it was just someone hating things.
Seriously, as a newspaper you published the following passage:
"Missoula is not the 'center of the universe' but is a blighted rose bud on a sick and dying planet. The LGBTQ culture dooms most gardens from its abundance with insects. The Garden City is such an example."
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Publishing this kind of crap doesn’t do anything good for your journalistic reputation and it sure as heck doesn’t help your readers — so what's the point?
It's not hard to do better than this.