Challenge with facts, give readers credit




Well, Brian Kelly and Steve Greenberg have done it again. I understand pandering to an overwhelmingly Republican readership, but even on an editorial page, there are some expectations of journalistic integrity. In reviewing the State of the Union address presented by President Barack Obama, they state, “We were induced to snooze shortly after it began, so we turned to news and analysis in the aftermath for the high points.”  Really?! You depended on the Republican review of a Democratic president’s State of the Union address in an election year to draw your conclusions? They concluded based on this in-depth analysis on Obama we need to simply “VOTE HIM OUT” and “the infancy of Socialism is alive and well …” Specifically, Kelly and Greenberg criticized the Obama administration for providing a $535 million loan to Solyndra, a solar power company that eventually went bankrupt. They point out Obama received between $50,000 and $100,000 from a Solyndra investor, George Kaiser, and hope you draw the conclusion there was a connection. Obama raised $659 million for his 2008 campaign through individual donations, so I am not sure the risk of losing $50,000 in the future guides his decisions. Kaiser, by the way, is worth about $10 billion, so if he was really trying to buy influence, it was apparently with his pocket change.

The residents of Carmel deserve a better balance of reporting and editorializing from Current in Carmel, and certainly a more professional effort than this from Kelly and Greenberg. Come on, guys; give your readers some credit. Instead of telling us how to vote, challenge us to understand the issues and the facts,then let us make our own decisions.


Bob and Stacy Brake

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