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Double standard on the right

IN HER COLUMN "Sliming American troops" (op ed, Feb. 14), Cathy Young ends with the statement that "mainstream journalists should resist the temptation" to view CNN news executive Eason Jordan "as the victim of a right-wing lynch mob." Yet she leaves out a salient fact. When asked to comment on Jordan, the prominent right-winger Ann Coulter said on TV, for all to see, that she wished that the army was targeting journalists. One can draw a couple of conclusions: Either it's OK to wish that the military is targeting journalists but not to say that they are, or it's OK to say whatever you want if you're a right-winger, but if you're not, you have to parse your words even in private.

Perhaps Young should have looked at both sides of the issue before she opined on it.

PETER CASWELL
Shrewsbury

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