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LETTER: News Watch's gun poll story was disappointing

With a title like that, I was expecting a substantive, if surprising, article on the topic, given the state’s liberal (in the good sense) attitudes on the subject.

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To the Editor:

I appreciate the Mitchell Daily Republic and how it tries to present various points of view fairly, even when I don’t care for some of them. Still, I was more than a little disappointed with the biased reporting from South Dakota News Watch in your September 7 issue entitled, “ Poll Shows SD Voters Approve Expanding Gun Restrictions .” With a title like that, I was expecting a substantive, if surprising, article on the topic, given the state’s liberal (in the good sense) attitudes on the subject. That expectation was heightened by the statement in the first sentence that “a majority of voters favor [gun] restrictions.”

Then came the second paragraph that admits that the poll was of a mere 500 registered voters. That is a sampling that is so ridiculously small, one would think the Republic would blush to publish the article. Could you imagine an article entitled, “Medical Scientists Announce Cure to Cancer” based on a mere 500 participants in one medical study? Of course not.

South Dakota News Watch’s article underlies one reason why print media is dying out: the public doesn’t find the press trustworthy. And, unfortunately, sometimes the messenger gets caught up in the wrath of the readers. Articles like this are pushing a political agenda and it is painfully obvious. They belong in the opinion section and not on Page One.

Kevin Carroll

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