This letter is in response to the letter written by Emily Kuilema (SN presidential coverage hasty, SN 11/9). Kuilema complained of hasty coverage of the election and criticized The State News for printing a front page story proclaiming Texas Gov. George W. Bush\'s victory in the presidential race.
So, Kuilema, how many newspapers have you published in your lifetime? I know that I personally havent published any, but I imagine that its not the easiest task in the world. Newspapers have a duty to their readers to present the most accurate news possible, and I believe that is what is upsetting to you about the incorrect story. Im sure that late Tuesday night the editors of The State News were convinced that Bush had indeed won the election, just as millions of other Americans were.
Newspapers get sent to the presses at a very early hour of the morning. Stopping newspaper printing also isnt easy or cost effective. Sometimes if inaccuracies are printed, a newspaper must leave them and correct them in the next issue, as The State News did in Thursdays edition.
So, I would guess that The State News didnt mean to print a false statement in their paper. They werent trying to lie to you. Its just what happens in the newspaper business sometimes. Dont let it get you down.
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