S. Rau: Poor choice of headline

I am disappointed in the editorial decision to run the headline, “Somalia native pleads guilty” on the front page of the Sun Journal, March 30.

The online version of the same story carried a neutral headline, without the reference to Somalia.

Prominent use of  “Somalia native” in the print edition is unnecessary and serves only to fan the embers of distrust in the community.

If the man were from another country, say, France or England, would the headline have read, “France native pleads guilty”?

If the answer to that question is no, then the headline should not have been run as it was.

I expect better from the Sun Journal.

Shelley Rau, Turner

Editor's note: The criticism is fair and we realize the headline could have been offensive.

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Poor Choice

If the topic would have been about anything else it would have read "Turner Man" "California Man" "Main Street resident". The only reason this would be a criticism is that we seem to have to kowtow and bite our tongue for fear of offending this group which for very good reasons has ired alot of people. It seems when its favorable like "Somalian man must close his coffee shop and return to Somalia" you didn't mind that making the headlines. It can be used only if its favorable is that it? Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much of that. Guess the best way to keep your name out of the papers is obey the law. No one is special and that mistake was made right from the gitgo. This is America. Like it or leave but you won't be treated any different or special. Time to change that. If it hadn't been done from the start maybe the embers of distrust wouldn't be there at all. I think distrust is the wrong word for people's ire.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The SJ headline was true and

The SJ headline was true and it was accurate. The Sun Journal must decide if its mission is to be factual, accurate and true, or if its journalistic purpose is to be politically correct.
In 2012 America, when TRUTH is spoken or printed, two things will happen; someone will revise it and someone will be offended by it.

Jason Theriault's picture

That's overly simplistic.

Most of the time, I would argue relevance is his native land, but it really is part of the story. He lied about living in refugee camps, so I would say that it is relevant.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

With due respect to the

With due respect to the 'simplistic police', the Pirate was never in doubt as to the accuracy and relevance of his statement.

Jason Theriault's picture


I didn't meant to submit that yet. A bit rough grammatically.


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