Oops, nevermind

Let this email exchange with a reader speak for itself. It actually happened today:

Reader: “A quick Perusal all of your daily editorials shows you seem to be fixated on finding problems with our current president, Trump. With all the troubles we have here in Stockton and in California it would seem something could take your mind off President Trump but I have yet to see it. Check your editorial trail and see how many of your columns are devoted to your disappointment in our president.. I know it’s a cliché but it’s beginning to look like you would rather Trump and the nation fail than both succeed.”

My response: “I will tell you the same thing I have told others. We carry a liberal/moderate and conservative columnist Mon-Fri. They pick their topics, we do not.”

Reader: “It was your column that I was speaking about.”

My Response: “If you are referring to my Starbucks editorial that was not about President Trump. If you interpreted it that way, then that is your interpretation.”

Reader: “My error it was one of your guest columnists. Sorry.”

My Response: “I presume you mistook Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post for me? Apology accepted.”

(Editor’s note: Published in the Friday April 20 Record was a column by Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post. A photo of the columnist is published with the column. Robinson is African-American.)

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