Headline shows bias against Turner

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First thing Sunday morning I picked the U-B from the rack outside my door, opened it, read the headline at the top of the page, read the first two paragraphs and said, “That’s a bad headline.”

“Sheriff waylays deputy who plans to run against him.”

My wife came into the kitchen, picked up the paper lying on the table and said, “That’s a bad headline.”

So, you are batting zero for two in this household.

The story says a patrol sergeant has developed bad knees and has been given office duties for the past four months. Then he files paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission indicating he is seeking election to his boss’s job. The boss says, you can start using your sick leave.

That’s not being waylaid. To waylay means to attack from ambush. It was not an ambush. The sergeant could have seen it coming.

All Sheriff Turner was doing was playing by the rules, which the sergeant could have expected. Not putting the sergeant on sick leave could have opened the sheriff to charges of malfeasance in office, or at least not running the office with consideration for the taxpayers’ dollar.

Who is picking up the slack on patrol while the sergeant is in the office?

The story quotes the sergeant as saying, Turner “has put politics ahead of public safety.” No, the man running for office has put politics ahead of public safety. And the reporter and the editor let him get away with it.

It’s a bad headline. It shows bias.

Ed Reading

Walla Walla

Comments

virtualkris 1 year ago

Very well said, Mr. Reading.

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tinstar 1 year ago

They are not bias. They just speak the truth.

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carcrazy 1 year ago

No, it was a bad headline and and an extremely slanted story. Stevie Wonder could see that all the way from Kalifornia.

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ImJustSayin 1 year ago

Ex-employees get their info from disgruntled current employees. I wouldn't call it accurate.

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cropcircles 1 year ago

The headline was a bit overstated, but the "Sheriff playing by the rules"?? I don't think so unless he gets to make them up as he goes and then put a twist on them so as to benefit his cause personally. Am I the only one who finds it interesting that the only deputies who seem to get in trouble are White supporters Surely more than coincidence.

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ImJustSayin 1 year ago

You are the only one...

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wallyworldguy 1 year ago

No he's not. Lots of people are tiring of turners ways. cooper signs up letting everyone know he will be running against turner, and all the sudden light duty dries up a few days later.Realy? ---he was waylayed-no doubt about it. you turner relatives just choose to not see it that way

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pamelake 1 year ago

No he's not. There are alot of us who agree with him.

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BestForWallaWalla 1 year ago

Ed, you are very uninformed if you really beleive turner is now or ever has "played by the rules" the only rules he plays by are the ones he makes. There will be plenty more to come of this before the elections in a year. He has different sets of rules for his hand chosen few, -vs- the true cops who are in the trenches on the streets.

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