The Salt Lake Tribune published an editor column on Wednesday defending the recent publication of a reader-submitted, factually-challenged opinion piece insinuating Glenn Beck is a “Nazi sympathizer,” in the words of Beck’s radio co-host Pat Gray. In the column, the Tribune’s Tom Fitzpatrick reiterates the difference between news and commentary.
“[Alexandra Karl’s] piece did have a couple of small factual errors that were corrected online and in a print correction…” the article admits. “But otherwise questions about the piece are in the realm of opinion, although admittedly a provocative one.”
Beck said on radio Thursday that he wouldn’t have cared about Karl’s op-ed regardless of how many facts it got wrong — and Beck’s fellow co-host Stu Burguiere pointed out on Twitter that it was a lot more than “a couple” — had it not made such horrific insinuations regarding his character.
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