Letter: Hoping to Read the Truth

I was reading the Oct. 4 edition of the Exponent when I noticed some things that both irritated and intrigued me. I came across a small and unadvertised section nestled within the Opinion pages. At the bottom of the page, a Corrections section clarified mistaken identities, percentages, depictions of characters and missing puzzles. I find it very frustrating that the newspaper representing our incredible university cannot assure readers that the information portrayed is true and honest.

As I continued on to the pages following the corrections, I become immersed in the Bobcat volleyball article. The words were so vibrant that I could imagine the game unfolding the way it was written in the article.
As I flattened out the wrinkles of the final page, I noticed an article about Dennis Rehberg, which I couldn’t read fast enough. As the words and sentences of the article painted a very clear picture of the politician, I can’t help but form an opinion of Rehberg as election day is nearing. At the very bottom of the page I noticed a small and dainty Author’s Note: “Every incident in this article actually occurred, although some have been exaggerated for effect.” I understand that some opinion of the article’s author may have made its way into the article by way of edited photographs. However, the fact that some events have been exaggerated, by admission of the author himself, is very disheartening.

What if, because of this exaggerated news piece, a reader of the newspaper votes against Rehberg? What if, because of the previously incorrect information, prior editions have created an untrue reputation of a student?

My rant is of the newspaper itself that is apparently not getting the facts right the first time and is not giving a cut-and-dry, accurate recollection of previous events.

From a reader hoping to read the truth,

Elizabeth Batt, Freshman in Sociology — Criminology option