Seeley Swan Pathfinder -


By Mark Melvin
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

Local Paper No Place for Fearmongering


SEELEY LAKE - I’m writing about the July 14th issue of the Pathfinder.

I was rather disturbed to see the prominent black box of divisive fearmongering on the second page. And the text next to it was equally inflammatory. There is a huge difference between an opinion and panicked, xenophobic ranting (including a rather glaring strawman fallacy, among other things).

I understand it’s a letters-to-the-editor section but as a media institution I believe you have a responsibility to distribute information, not fear. Placing that message in block caps in a giant black box is more than just pr...

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Reader Comments

Sally writes:

Thanks for writing this letter. The person whose letter you're criticizing has been fulminating about the same topic on the Swan Valley Facebook page, a closed group that explicitly asks members not to post on controversial non-valley-specific topics. I'm even more horrified, though, about your statement that a Seeley Lake business is displaying an anti-Muslim sign. What business? I'd like to know so I can make sure I don't go there.


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