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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.

Catherine Tedford


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.

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I have a dream that someone will start up and offer us a local newspaper that will offer headlines and news that doesn't promote one party's agenda, but instead encourages thought with the pure facts, free of the propaganda spin. I know for a fact that WTD Times fails to report important news because it does not fit the agenda of the powers in change. If we had a choice, WDT would be out of business,


The headline was accurate. Anyone reading the article would’ve come to the fact-check pointing out that the assertion was false. Anyone not curious enough to read such an outrageous accusation would not have their minds changed anyway. The criticism of WDT seems overblown to me.


Then , short of sensationalism, why publish it at all?

Farmer Liz

I believe the Editor missed the whole point of the letter, which is that the headline should have read that "Stefanik Falsely Accuses Nancy Pelosi..." rather than the more enticing (for her followers) lead.

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