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Why is a publicly unrepentant Rachel Stovall allowed the continued privilege of a Gazette byline? This newspaper, the Gazette's in-town rival, charged Ms. Stovall in December 2019 with violating "journalism ethics" and called out the Gazette, in print no less, for allowing such a breech.
Yet despite that alleged ethical lapse, Ms. Stovall reappears in the Gazette regularly. She even had the temerity to focus her latest opinion piece on the issue that caused the Indy to cry foul!
Did she or did she not violate these unspecified ethical bounds? Why, despite several attempts to discover the Gazette's position, have Gazette editors avoided a meaningful public response?
Journalists have a near sacred duty to ensure professional ethical standards are upheld. Occasionally, violations are bound to occur. When they do, it is incumbent on professionals to call it to attention and advocate for corrective action. The Indy has done the hard part by bringing this episode to the public's notice. It's high time for its competitor respond publicly.
This incident reminds me that one is best informed by accessing varying news sources. We are blessed to have both the Indy and the Gazette in our fair town. If you only read the Indy, I encourage you to pick up a Gazette whenever you have some spare change. This time the Indy got the goods on the Gazette. Who's to know who will have whom next time. I love the Gazette and the Indy...long may they both flourish!
Bill Turner



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