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We posted the call for VIS in response to a request Nat. As far as the
mainstream media goes, I'm not sure if you have been paying attention, but in
every instance we have said repeatedly stated, THERE IS NO WAR IN THE WOODS.
On National and Province-wide radio and in every newscast we have been
involved in, we have honestly related that the trail users we speak to, of all
stripes, are clear that conflict between users on the Shore is rare. I have
also been consistent in saying I have no desire to see Ms Kraal go to
jail.Obviously I have no control over this, but when I asked my opinion that
is what I have said.
You also may recall that the Kraals went to the media to suggest that charges
against them were overblown. Should we have kept quiet about the document we
found that suggested otherwise? What would you have done with that
I also think your comments on balance are misplaced. We have probably had more
comments disagreeing with our moderate approach than those calling us out for
sensationalism. The piece above provided what we felt was a different
perspective on this situation, and one that reflected the views of many,
perhaps even a majority of our readers. We are not an advocacy organization;
we are a media outlet. Unlike Fox News our agenda isn't about skewing what we
see in the world to forward our personal views.
As far as opinion pieces go, we firmly believe that differing opinions deserve
to be heard. I could easily ignore voices, like the one above, that don't mesh
with my personal opinions. Is that what you'd prefer? I guess it works for
I'm certainly not saying we have handled these situations perfectly. I have
admitted as much publicly and taken responsibility for the mistakes I have
made. But suggesting we are responsible for the sensationalist headlines and
poor journalism seen in the MSM is both inaccurate and illogical.
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