Oct 09

On October 4, The Oregonian published the following letter which, as printed, seemed to indicate that the reader was enthusiastic about buying toilet paper made of recycled material:

I read, with great interest, the article in The Oregonian about making toilet paper exclusively out of recycled material in order to save our old-growth forests (“Green groups try to wipe out fluffy toilet paper,” Sept. 27).

I am old enough to remember the good ol’ days of the Montgomery Ward and Sears catalogs as standard equipment in outhouses.

In effect, other than the fact that modern technology can now make this paper a lot more user friendly, it appears we have come full circle. I will personally commit to buying 500 rolls as soon as it becomes available and take great pleasure in its use.

WAYNE BUEHNER
Gresham

Today, The Oregonian reprinted the letter in its entirety (with an editor’s note).  In its full context, including one crucial sentence that indicated Mr. Buehner’s skepticism of man-made global warming, Buehner’s letter proves to be much more sarcastic in tone regarding his supposed desire to use toilet paper made of recycled material.  The previously omitted sentence is emphasized in red:

Due to editing, the meaning was changed of a letter to the editor that was printed on Oc. 4. Here is the letter as submitted:

I read, with great interest, the article in The Oregonian about making toilet paper exclusively out of recycled material in order to save our old-growth forests. I am old enough to remember the good ol’ days of the Montgomery Ward and Sears catalogs as standard equipment in outhouses a number of years back.  In effect, other than the fact that modern technology can now make this paper a lot more user friendly, it appears we have come full circle. I would also like to suggest that all paper utilized to promote the theory that humans are the cause of global warming be used exclusively for this purpose. I will personally commit to buying 500 rolls as soon as it becomes available and take great pleasure in its use.

WAYNE BUEHNER
Gresham

This is either a fine example of inexcusably shoddy editing, or is an example of just plain bias. I vote for bias.

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