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The editors of Wednesday Journal did a disservice to its readers for publishing the opinion piece "One young man's view on firearms" [Viewpoints, March 19]. The editors acknowledged that at least one quotation was inaccurate. We don't know if it was correct but wrongly attributed or fabricated. What about the other quotes? Why publish the piece at all knowing the inaccuracy? Edit out the wrong quote. Give the author a chance to correct the piece. To print it with the inaccuracy casts doubt on whatever the author wrote. To print it while simultaneously recognizing the inaccuracy reduces the editorial integrity of the Wednesday Journal.
Alan Peres
Oak Park

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Quotient Quotables from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 12:21 PM

Nothing is more relaxing, in this day and age, than to sit down and vaporize an e-cigarette. -Ernest Hemingway

MichaelO from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 12:07 PM

(cont) It's not fuzzy roots, Ray. It's a dishonest attribution to a Founding Father used by gun rightists to legitimize their positions. Matt is not the first to use it. The thing is he may have thought T. Jefferson really did say it. I know I would be pissed if I was lead to believe one thing only to find out later that it was deliberately falsified. Ps. Do you think Matt appreciates your patronizing sentiments?

MichaelO from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 12:05 PM

OK Ray, here's your proof: Thomas Jefferson never said it. First off the word reload wasn't in common usage if it even existed at all during Jefferson's time. Now let's take "everbody stands around?" that is contemporary vernacular. But don't take it from me check Monticello.org. Frankly it sounds like something Ted Nugent or Glenn Beck would say. (cont)

OP Transplant  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 11:17 AM

Mistakes happen, both by professional journalist and amateur contributors. The WJ editors needs to decide that they are either going to fact-check everything or nothing. If you only fact-check writing you disagree with, while defending your own errors as no big deal, you've stopped being a paper and become a big opinion blog. The juxtaposition of "Oak Park Sears" and the Jefferson misattribution is pretty embarrassing to the editors, or at least it should be.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 9:28 AM

So given the high standards we are going to operate under now, does this mean we won't be seeing more opinion pieces from Ken Trainor? His columns on gun control are filled with outright fabrications, baseless positions, strawmen, and misleading "facts". If not being able to attribute a quote to Jefferson is malpractice, what do you call Ken's articles?

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 26th, 2014 7:57 AM

Matt said that these are the quotes that shaped his beliefs. Right or wrong they are what he believes and he offered them. All of the comments about the Jefferson quote claim 'No proof' that he ever said it - also no one offered any real proof that he never said it - it just isn't found in any of his writing. Matt is a young man who has strong convictions and he presented those convictions and his reasoning. Should we silence that enthusiasm because he finds value in a statement that has fuzzy roots? . I sure hope not!

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