TODAY'S LETTERS: Readers Respond to the 'Seattle Times' Newsroom and 'A-Bomb Photog' Joe O'Donnell

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By: E&P Staff Readers wrote in this week reacting to a piece about the Seattle Times editor telling reporters to keep opinions to themselves. Also, the son of Joe O?Donnell thanked E&P for its obit about the photographer.

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I found your article online while searching my father's name. It was very nice to read something refreshing and not just another reprinted article of his obituary. Thank you.

I live in Las Vegas and flew to Nashville for a visit on August 6th. I was so fortunate to see him that one last time. His health had improved while I was there and I felt sure he would be going home to his wife Kimiko soon. That didn't happen but it was so nice to see him in all his awareness that one last day. It was as though he had never had a stroke... he was completely coherent and lucid.

The Las Vegas Review Journal did a story about my dad on August 6th. You can find it by searching Dad's name or the title "Dad's Images of Death". I can assure you his images of Japan in 1945 will remain in the public eye for years to come. I have set up a profile for my dad and his photos. Please feel free to look at it. There's a slide show of his photos and some blogs that are reprints of past articles from newspapers.

Thanks again for the refreshing story you wrote.

Tyge O'Donnell


Seattle Editor Declares, Keep Political Views to Yourself -- Then Responds to Reaction
Regarding the article on the Seattle newsroom: since when did reporting become "activism"? This just shows the totally misguided view even among news editors that their profession is about "(changing) laws".

No, it's about reporting the facts and allowing the people to decide whether laws need to be changed. At least he admits journalists aren't "objective"!


Deane Pradzinski
Highland, Calif.


I for one am so tired of being told how I should think/vote by those in the media.

I no longer watch any of the networks for my news.

I told my daughter recently when I was a young girl it use to be that the reporters just seemed to be reporting the news, not making nasty comments, snide remarks, or shocked faces when it came to covering the players in politics. We use to think of journalist/reporters as professionals ; someone to trust, not anymore. It is pathetic what has happened to the media of late, I for one have lost complete faith in all branches of the media. I remember vividly Katie Couric looking like she was going to cry at one point when Gore Lost, yes I said lost. I am from Florida, military family and I for one feel like my vote has been conveniently thrown away for many elections by the Democrat party of Florida. I have a story on this one having to do with Escambia country Florida but I will not go into the details here.

I search the web now for my daily news, I have to admit I do so with a very cynical eye. I think the newsrooms across America should actively look for conservative reporters as should our schools. Then these same entities should look at ways to be fairly objective.

Andrea Nash
Belllevue, Neb.


Nice try. Your rave doesn't change my mind about your liberal bias.

Why do you even try to show that you're objective? You all think & act emotionally and sheepishly rather than logically & independently. Just be honest and admit you're all just a bunch bigoted comrades.

Bob Wagner


The episode in the newsroom of the Seattle Times is another example why the American people do not trust newspapers.

According to the annual Gallup Confidence in Institutions poll, public trust in newspapers has fallen to a record low of 22%. Newspapers ranked 11th out of the 15 institutions surveyed. Impossible as it may seem, they even received a lower ranking than the Presidency.

I used Google to search archives but could find no newspaper report about this historic event.

George Moss
Columbus, Ohio





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