Mike Hendricks made a significant point in his column “Hunting down truth in the field” (2/15, Metro). I think Hendricks’ point was to ridicule Vice President Dick Cheney and the Bush administration, but I am a hunter, and he is right on hunter safety. Mr. Cheney was wrong, period, end of story.
My point in writing, however, relates to Hendricks’ comment that many of his fellow reporters report their opinions as fact or just plain don’t know what they are talking about. You reckon?
Only when the public is aware of the truth of an incident — hunting safety in this case — do you realize that some “reporters of fact” are too often reporting opinion or fiction. We accept it because we don’t know better.
I believe in and will defend the First Amendment, but we must remember how easily the power of the press can be manipulated.
Michael A. West