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One Opinion: News vs. opinion; are we biased?

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

August 26, 2013 | 1,907 views | 31 comments

Comments posted recently to our Web site are typical of frequent criticism of newspapers, however, many of them miss their mark.

There is a lot of confusion, for instance, about information that is our newspaper content as opposed to what appears on the “blogs” on our website. The blogs, of course, are “web logs” that are filled with free-for-all exchanges, plenty of snide comments, and just plain gossip, but along the way, they frequently manage to garner a good amount of information as well.

They serve a purpose as well by allowing readers to comment on subjects they might find sensitive, perhaps about a financial situation or a political issue that might get them in trouble with their boss. We also know that law enforcement officials monitor the comments on crime stories for that occasional tidbit that provides valuable information.

But blogs are not the newspaper. To criticize the newspaper for what appears on the blogs is not justified.

The newspaper, in its print edition, contains advertising, news reporting and facts and, usually, an opinion page. The opinion page is just that; it is opinion and makes no attempt to be disguised as fact.

Most frequently, when readers say that our newspaper is biased, they are referring to the columns on the opinion pages. Yes, our opinions are conservative, but we also welcome opposing views.

The opinion page is filled with ... opinions; our news pages are filled with news and reports of what is happening in the community. The news reports chronicle what happens in public meetings, documents criminal activity, and reports the unusual, thus providing a historical narrative of life in today’s society.

“Facts Only Please,” recently posted this comment to my column about the “un-Affordable Care Act.”

“Elaine: Shame on you for spreading false [sic[ trues. The real facts are worth everyone to research. At least the Democrats push something forward instead of the GOP standard answer ‘NO’. By the way, the bill [Obamacare] was passed WITH GOP voting for it, so put the blame on your own party reps too. As far as the "death panels", I leave you with this "...the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything."

I had referred to a friend whose dialyses treatment center was notified that “if the government does not change its position on proposed Medicare cuts, dialysis centers may be forced to close or reduce operating hours.”

Just exactly how this would affect individual dialysis patients is not yet known. If it would, in fact, mean a 10 percent cut in dialysis treatments, it could mean a death sentence for those relying on this life-saving treatment.

That is what I referred to as the “death panels,” meaning some bean counter in the federal government deciding what to spend where and on whom. There is really no other way to explain the process.

My opinion column is ... well, biased ... if you please. So, call it what you will, but someone will be making decisions about who lives and who dies via what treatments are approved or disapproved.

It is, therefore, my opinion that Obamacare will have death panels. And, to Facts Only Please, let me remind you concerning INTENTIONS of members of Congress that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 29, 2013 5:56pm
Facts...I was going to submit another comment buy it would just be overkill since the last few comments have completely elminated your credibility.

Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 29, 2013 12:14pm
FACTS, I agree that you present facts that are not even allowed in High School courses. So, yes; it does appear your educational level is below a high school student and no; peer to peer sites do not meet the requirements of ... More ›

Facts only please  
August 29, 2013 11:58am
Do you guys even read the post? I referenced Wikipedia because the education level of those responsing to these blogs. Would you like peer-to-peer cites? I know there are a couple of folks who don't know what that is, like ... More ›

Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 29, 2013 11:14am
FACTS has posted his non-sense of Republican Support for Obamacare before and I will provide an official US government site that shows his foolishness again. FACTS ... More ›

Untrue Resident  
August 29, 2013 10:45am
Facts, it is sad you would actually reference Wikipedia as your source of knowledge. Really, it is quite embarrassing. Below is a post from the site itself since Facts seems to like to deliberately make misleading facts. From ... More ›

August 29, 2013 7:54am
Who uses Wikipedia to find facts?! LOL. Probably not a good source for information since anyone can make a change to what is there. If you like I can go ahead and change that whole bill to show that China came up with it, ... More ›

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 29, 2013 6:03am
Facts I MADE A MISTAKE ON MY LAST POST..I forgot to change the user name back to Prairie Grouch.....See how easy it is.........

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 29, 2013 5:55am
Facts....The message that you intended to convey was republican support of obamacare. All the wiggling and diversion will not change that fact. One bit of truth does not make a whole truth. Bill Clintons' definition of ... More ›

Facts only please  
August 28, 2013 10:38pm
Praire/Bob: Read my entry again. You both were wrong so the facts remain true. The bill started by GOP voting for it that is a fact. How the bill ended up is not what I was pointing out. When I get a chance I will give you ... More ›

Elaine K.  
August 28, 2013 8:58pm
Thank you, Perry. A discussion about opposing views can be healthy and even invigorating. Too often when it comes to politics, however, the discourse quickly devolves into crass name calling. Then nobody wins.

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