No to front-page opinion

No to front-page opinion

Prominent on last week’s front page was Andrew Silow-Carroll’s op-ed, “The president’s remarks about Jewish money mistake bigotry for wit” (Dec. 12). I’m not going to comment on the article itself (yes, I am one of those lowly Republicans who voted for Trump and who happens to be the child of Holocaust survivors), but rather, on the legitimacy of placing the opinion piece on the front page as though it was an unbiased news story.

The blue table of contents on the front page clearly directs readers to find the Opinion section starting on page 15, following the Editorial and Letters to the Editor sections. There we will find an article by Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen that is prominently labeled “Opinion.” Would NJJN have placed her article on page 1 without the “Opinion” qualifier?

We see this dangerous, purposeful slurring of news and opinion in our media today. We even see it in some of our academic powerhouses where professors preach instead of actually teach their students. Come on NJJN, let’s be fair and consistent. Like students, we your readers should make up our own minds. Otherwise, this will not win NJJN a Columbia School of Journalism award!

Dr. Jack Rosenfarb

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