I am incredibly disappointed to see the Watertown Daily Times amplify Rep. Elise Stefanik’s false claim with a front page headline blaming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the Jan. 6 insurrection (“Stefanik blames Pelosi for Capitol riot,” July 28).
While the article itself was somewhat evenly balanced, the eye-catching headline in every grocery store and gas station across much of the 21st Congressional District is what people will walk away with, for those who can’t or won’t read the whole story.
Stefanik’s divisive and dangerous rhetoric gets repeated over and over in headlines like these with little or no apparent self-awareness on the newspaper’s part.
Please consider the consequences of what you’d doing.
We’re not stupid.
Editor’s note: The Watertown Daily Times did not blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Jan. 6 riot. The headline correctly states that this assertion was made by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. The article then provides additional information pointing out that Stefanik’s claim was false.