Submitted by Michael Seibert
What’s happening to journalistic integrity at The Citizen? The Aug. 25 Finance Committee article propagates and sensationalizes unsupported innuendo.
Starting with the headline, who says Ms. McClung is a fiscal conservative? Whether or not she is, it’s unsupported in the reporting. It’s labeling by the opinion of the author of the article, Mr. Rosenberg.
Elevating this to a headline is unprofessional.
Incidentally, I have nothing but respect for Ms. McClung; I was the finance committee chair who initially appointed her, welcomed her, and I served with her on the committee. Her questioning was insightful and incisive.
The article begins with another opinion of Mr. Rosenberg’s that Ms. McClung was the most vocal fiscal conservative, which insinuates that the other members are less fiscally conservative or less vocal, and that this would somehow be relevant to reappointment decisions, again with no corroboration beyond the opinions of those who were not the decision makers.
I agree with Ms. McClung that there is not enough respect for differing opinions.
I would expect Mr. Rosenberg’s opinions in an editorial or in a letter, but not in journalistic reporting, and I ask The Citizen to be more assiduous in editing its reporting.
Note: Michael Seibert is the spouse of Bedford Finance Committee Vice-Chair Abigail Seibert.