Columnist restored reader’s faith in journalism


Comments: Dear Mr. Walter Backstrom,

I was making a fire last night and stumbled onto your article about whether Martin Luther king would have hated George Bush.

Before I mention whether I found the article thought provoking or not. A little background.

I had made a decision two weeks ago amid the election mess of press coverage to stop reading all Associated Press articles. These characters had me believe that journalism was dead in this country. Articles about Scooter Palin’s second-grade teacher who once saw Scooter accidentally drop his lunch tray became more important than whether the other candidates received foreign funding for the most expensive campaign in the history of the world. The decision was helped along by an article by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, who described being handled by the media and gave the thought of filtering. I decided to give it a try after another dose of the AP’s latest decision to cover Palin’s distant cousin in the lower 48 who had seen an alien back in 1987 over something meaningful.

So there I am, making this fire, and I stumble across your article. The scary part is the article that almost became fire starter turned out to be the best article I have read in over a year.

You have shown that journalism is still alive and well and that independent thinkers are still around.

Keep up the great work!

Brian Giboney

Des Moines

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Letters to the Editor

It's time to change Kent's City Council elections to districts | Guest column

If you were asked who your city councilmembers are, would you have an answer?

For every vote to count, Kent needs district-based elections | Guest column

By Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón Guest Column If you’re a community member here in… Continue reading

Letters: Support King County Charter Amendment

Support King County Charter Amendment As a lifelong resident of King County,… Continue reading

Messes in Mill Creek Canyon

Thank you for your very informative article (“Cleaning up Mill Creek Canyon… Continue reading

Priced out of our homes

Priced out of our homes In the middle of everything that is… Continue reading

Kent School Board addresses death of George Floyd

The recent death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of a… Continue reading

Some good advice in the fight against infection

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding. ... We live in a… Continue reading

City should focus on the real problem, a health crisis

It is time for the city officials of Kent to stop their… Continue reading

How much effect will virus have?

The situation regarding King County’s acquisition of the Econo Lodge in Kent… Continue reading

Coronavirus: County made hasty choice in Kent as a quarantine city
Coronavirus: County made hasty choice in Kent as a quarantine city

Like many Kent residents, I was blindsided when I heard, late Wednesday… Continue reading

Rapidly rising property taxes poses problem for homeowner

I just received my 2020 King County real estate tax statement and… Continue reading