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Are There Two Logjam Creeks?
By Eric Muench


August 17, 2009

Sitnews is a valuable addition to the local news and opinion exchange. I appreciate its publisher and her great source of information of all kinds. Its continued accuracy and impartiality in news articles is important to us all. That is why I write this critique.

On August 13 Sitnews published a make-believe "news" article entitled "Breaking the Logjam on Logjam", in which spokespeople for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Audubon Alaska and Alaska Wilderness League extolled the virtues of a "proposal" they had just made to the Forest Service. On August 14 the Ketchikan Daily News published a real news story entitled "Logjam sale appeal filed" which gave some background to the timber sale and identified SEACC's supposed proposal as an appeal to a Forest Service decision that had been made after months of public review and comment. A stranger could be forgiven for not understanding that the two articles concerned the same issue at the same Logjam Creek.

Unlike the Sitnews story, the Daily News quoted Forest Service and timber industry people as well as SEACC, thereby allowing readers to understand that, at the least, there are more than one set of facts and opinions involved in the matter.

Fortunately, at the end of its article the Sitnews reader was given the Source of News , which was SEACC. But presenting the views and claims of SEACC and its allies, long known for advocating wilderness and opposing the timber industry, as the sole source of information on this story was, at best, sloppy journalism. Sitnews had allowed itself to be used for an incomplete and inaccurate news article. I hope the publisher is more careful in the future.

Thank you.

Eric Muench
Ketchikan, AK

About: "47 year southeast resident who does not want the national forest system policies dictated by the national environmental industry"

Received August 16, 2009 - Published August 17, 2009


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