Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

If A Columnist Falls From the Paper, Does Anyone Care?

Self-aggrandizing Moscow-Pullman Daily News columnist Chuck Pezeshki has created a bit of a firestorm over his latest throwaway paean to eco-terrorists published on August 16. In it, Chuck wrote:
Frank Bennett, that ostensible local communitarian, at my last check was living in Palm Springs.
Uh, there's a slight problem there. Frank Bennett does not, nor has he ever, lived in Palm Springs. But why let truth stand in the way of a good anarchist rant?

The problem for Chuck is that Mr. Bennett has many friends in the area. A letter to the editor appeared in the paper today correcting Chuck's lie.

The real question is, where was the editorial staff fact checking? Is Chuck just allowed to publish anything he wants? At a recent Palousitics lunch, Daily News Managing Editor Steve McClure told us that another columnist had been let go for promulgating false information.

We'll see where this goes.


Area Man said...

When something like that was said about Lupke, he demanded a retraction. But then again, Mr. Pezheski leans toward the left, so they don't have to apologize.

I would love to see a guest column from Mr. Bennett on this subject, but he's probably got bigger items on his plate to take care of.

April E. Coggins said...

Chuck's a useful space filler.