Editorial accepted, columnist is not

Reader questions motivations behind opinionated columnist's legislature writings

Re: Controversial coverage (Our View, Oct. 23)

I will assume the words in the “Our View” in the Oct. 23 Gazette entitled “Controversial coverage” are sincere.

I believe that the author believes sleep is lost by some of your writers and editors over the use of the correct turn of phrase, and appropriately balanced reporting, and that your writers “pour your hearts out” for your readers to maintain trust.

I will also accept that you did not sell the full front page of any Black Press publications to candidates or parties during the election in order to separate your publication from any perception of bias based upon party affiliations.

And finally, I will accept that the editorial page of your papers is not the front page and often contains opinions, rather than facts.

However, I don’t know if it is just me, but it does give me considerable pause each time I happen to glance at Tom Fletcher’s B.C. Views column (which I do less and less in recent years) and I find his one-sided, biased, anti-NDP, anti-union, right wing, pro-business, pro-fossil fuel rhetoric.

Yes, his column appears on the editorial page. But at the end of each column his credentials indicate he is “legislative reporter” for Black Press.

How can anything he writes on other pages of Black Press publications possibly be taken as non-biased reporting, when his columns are filled with vitriolic, biased points of view that have little to do with reporting, and often enough, questionably to do with reality?

Arthur Entlich

Metchosin

Editor’s note: While West Shore-based stories from Tom Fletcher are rare in our print edition, readers can find his legislature-based reporting on provincial goings-on on a regular basis in the News category on this website.

Just Posted

View Royal’s byelection results are in

The winner is Damian Kowalewich

Millstream Lake Road to close for repairs

No vehicle traffic will be permitted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1

Royal Roads prof named to Rowing Canada’s Hall of Fame

Former Olympic rower still putting oars in the water

Local volunteers get the scoop on bat poop

Bat droppings key to research in a number of areas

Colwood development draws ire of residents

Developer says he’s listened and addressed residents’ concerns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Mt. Washington offering freestyle programs

Programs include competitive, development and beginner levels

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Most Read