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Is the IR telling the whole story?

2010-07-21T00:00:00Z Is the IR telling the whole story?By Becky Beard - Letter to the Editor Helena Independent Record

Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to the one-sided slants on the majority of your newspaper’s reporting, but I continue my subscription to the IR because it’s the only one I can get delivered to my home daily.

I routinely read a couple of the comic strips, the obits, a couple op-ed pieces and scan the legals.

On real and gritty community issues, I find it difficult to get a clear picture of the whole story from your coverage. Take for instance the current issue of the proposed K-12 health enhancement curriculum. It was reported that there were 64 testimonies heard during a recent meeting, both “for and against” the proposal. The way the article was written by the reporter (and edited by staff?), it seems to be a pretty innocuous issue without much credence being provided to the “opponents.”

Which of the two sides is the majority? Are they fervent in their opinions? There were 300 people in a seemingly standing-room-only crowd.

There perhaps is a bit more controversy, perhaps more heavily weighted, than what is being reported, eh? Oh, well, it’s just Helena. I’m glad I don’t have any children going to school over there.

Becky Beard

Elliston

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  1. Curmudgeon
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    Curmudgeon - July 23, 2010 12:26 pm
    I'm all for the private enterprise system. The local paper is not a public utility, it is a private enterprise; as such, it has a right (at least in this country) to its own opinions. Of course, if you dislike it that much, under the private enterprise system, you are perfectly free to start your own rival newspaper.
  2. dolphind3
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    dolphind3 - July 22, 2010 12:59 pm
    Helena ped, another proponent resorting to name calling, you may as well have not even bothered writing in because you only showed what your side is all about. Belittling and name calling
  3. AgentAlkaline
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    AgentAlkaline - July 22, 2010 9:34 am
    "It was reported that there were 64 testimonies heard during a recent meeting, both “for and against” the proposal. The way the article was written by the reporter (and edited by staff?), it seems to be a pretty innocuous issue without much credence being provided to the “opponents.”"

    So since the staff at the IR didn't say who was in the majority they have a liberal bias. I'd say the problem here isn't that the newspaper is biased, the problem is that the newspaper does not support your conservative view point.

    In addition it has been stated in at least one article written July 14th that 34 people spoke in favor, and 30 spoke against. Maybe you need to stop "skimming" the paper and actually read it.
  4. Mark3825
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    Mark3825 - July 22, 2010 5:23 am
    [BR>But just because 300 fired up conservative Christians want to force their morality on the rest of us by shouting the loudest in their effort to restrict science-based education of reproductive health doesn't mean the IR should take their side or assume that the majority of Helenan's agree with them. This may be a big scandal to you and the rest of your bible-thumping friends, but to me and I'm sure many others we're sick of your prudish, anti-science, anti-educational, moral crusading histrionics and think the whole thing is ridiculous. The IR hasn't presented that side of the issue but you don't hear anyone whining about it."

    There were Christians at the meeting for sure. But many that were there to voice their concerns are people that I have business and social contact with and ARE NOT Christians at least not in the sense that you write. Your statements very much seems to reflect and express a predjudice and a bias as short sighted and dangerous as to what you are attacking.
  5. smokee5619
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    smokee5619 - July 21, 2010 4:43 pm
    I also skim the IR, because it is a local paper. But in Helena the paper has always been slanted. You can actually read the Great Falls Tribune and find out more Helena news than you can in the IR. I have yet to figure out why the newspaper doesn't have all its 'body parts.'
  6. Helena Pedestrian
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    Helena Pedestrian - July 21, 2010 12:19 pm
    What a bunch of whiners you all are. The IR doesn't write a story the way you want and you accuse them of some insidious political bias. You accuse them of slanting the story but what you really seem to want is for them to slant the story in your direction.

    Just because more opponents of the curriculum showed up to the hearing than proponents, and those opponents were more impassioned doesn't mean the majority of citizens are against the curriculum. I think the IR has fairly presented both sides of this issue without taking either side. Their coverage of the curriculum from the beginning has been informative and factual. It was clear to me from their story that the impassioned opponents overwhelmed the hearing. Did anyone expect anything different?

    But just because 300 fired up conservative Christians want to force their morality on the rest of us by shouting the loudest in their effort to restrict science-based education of reproductive health doesn't mean the IR should take their side or assume that the majority of Helenan's agree with them. This may be a big scandal to you and the rest of your bible-thumping friends, but to me and I'm sure many others we're sick of your prudish, anti-science, anti-educational, moral crusading histrionics and think the whole thing is ridiculous. The IR hasn't presented that side of the issue but you don't hear anyone whining about it.
  7. KingWill
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    KingWill - July 21, 2010 10:22 am
    I agree with the opinion, I was in the main room of the meeting and a Plan Parenthood lady was scrounging to get people to speak for the "proponents". However when "oppenents" were asked to deliver their comments, the entire room rumbled with people tring to get to the front of the line. And when the "hour" was over there were still 15 to 20 people waiting to speak against the proposal. Those who spoke for it spoke apatheticly and were concerned about themselves. Those speaking against it were passionate and their concern was their children and community.
    Will Parsons
    Parent
  8. Purple
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    Purple - July 21, 2010 2:50 am
    They are just leaning to the left as usual by supporting something which holds far less moral value than the majority of the people.

    You will never find the IR supporting anything that remotely smacks of being to the right of center. The New York Times is on the verge of going bankrupt because they've spent so much of it's time reporting only the good about obama and the ill of the republicans. Those who subscribe to the NYT have grown restless for the WHOLE STORY, not just the left side.
  9. clancykid
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    clancykid - July 21, 2010 2:34 am
    You can always cancel your subscription like so many others have. I get tired of the slant as well and did exactly that. If they start printing the whole news I will cheerfully subscribe again. I'm not expecting that decision anytime soon.

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