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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:00 am

In the April 23 News-Sentinel, the first page headline, "Obama: Ryan is the face of GOP" was four lines of 36-point type plus a byline, all using three column inches of the News-Sentinel's front page. That was followed by the 15 1/2-inch opinion of the writer Mr. Steven Thomma — whoever he is — of McClatchy Newspapers — whoever they are.

Trying to support his opinion, he offers two quotations. One is by President Obama, which seems to be out of context of anything, especially the headline. The other is by a little-known assistant director of an obscure "polling institute" in Connecticut.

This item, headlined and presented as "news" at the top of Page 1, is not news. Being at best the opinion of someone whose opinion matters no more than "if as much" mine, it would scarcely be at home on your Opinion page. It is even less so as news on Page 1.

Jim Turner


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