…an inside perspective.
I used to have a fellow working for me that did rock and roll reviews for the Washington Post. He said something incorrect about the Beatles and the editor printed a couple of letters about his mistake.
Letters to the editor reflect the EDITOR’S point of view. In the case of the kid that worked for me, the editor liked him so the letters were “mild”. If the editor didn’t like him, the letters would have been scathing and poor Mark would have been “fired”.
The editor chooses letters to make a point. He may print a well written letter in support his personal opinion. On the other hand, he can make an oposing opinion look foolish by printing a poorly written one. Sometimes he will print one designed to “spark a controversy” and sell more papers
But the choice of letters gives a subtile look into the thinking of the editor.
It was maybe a year ago that Harry Reid threatened the Editor of the Las Vegas Review/Journal. They had printed a negative article about something stupid that “He Whose Middle Name cannot be spoken” said about Las Vegas. They were at a reception together and Harry made some kind of remark about putting them out of business.
Here is a recent editorial: http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/welcome-back–mr–president-98095489.html
And three letters that the editor chose. There is a reason.
And my oh my
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)