Washington Times editor rejects "gay" as "Orwellian"
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----- Original Message -----
From: letters@washingtontimes.com
To: rick.rosendall@glaa.org
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 6:04 PM
Subject: RE: Dissing the 'Dish' about pedophilia

Dear Mr. Rosendall,

Per The Times' policy against Orwellian abuse of the English language, the euphemism "gay" is not used to describe the homosexual lifestyle.

Matthew Rarey

Matthew A. Rarey
Letters Editor

Rosendall replies to Washington Times editor

From: rick.rosendall@glaa.org
To: letters@washingtontimes.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 8:59 PM
Subject: Unjournalistic: putting your words into someone else's mouth

Mr. Rarey,

You imposed YOUR ideology on MY letter without warning either me or your readers. You know that it was my letter, with my name under it, so there was no possibility whatsoever of your readers being confused as to whose opinions were being expressed. You distorted my meaning and message by imposing your gratuitously hostile and patronizing disdain for what, like it or not, you know is a common usage.

If you have a life, then so do I. If I have a lifestyle, so do you. If you don't like having your love trivialized as a lifestyle, then kindly don't trivialize that of others. Are you that insecure in your beliefs that you have to misrepresent the views of people you disapprove of? If your policy of rewriting and distorting letters (as distinct from editing for length or grammar) is not unprofessional and a violation of basic principles of journalism, nothing is.

Rick Rosendall

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