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Editor Smith: A Whizzing Match w/Conspiracy Theorists?

I have avoided weighing in on the Shook/Connor/Bamonte RPS hysteria because there is no percentage in engaging these guys. Here is the note I sent to Rebecca Mack when I declined to appear on the Fuhrman show last week: “With all due respect to my friends on the Fuhrman show, I refuse to be drawn into a debate with conspiracy theorists who masquerade as journalists. Their work isn’t about the journalism of verification but the politics of assertion. They’ll write anything, say anything, slander anybody in order to further their personal agendas. They DO NOT work in the public interest. Their goal is to promote bizarre conspiracy fantasies, from which they hope to personally profit. I won’t waste my time or energy dealing with them, which is why they have once again tried to make me one of their targets. Spokane residents are smart enough to understand their agenda and pay them the attention they warrant.” I stand by those remarks today without qualification — Editor Steve Smith/News Is A Conversation.

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Question: Who do you believe here — Smith or the conspiracy theorists?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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