Herald headline misstated story about congressman

The Daily Herald took a full page ad Nov. 24, stating its “commitment to serving Snohomish County with reliable news and information.” Right.

In the same issue, under a headline of “Barton threatened woman,” you publish information regarding Rep. Joe Barton, who, from the article, is being threatened with and had released explicit intimate and sexual photos and texts exchanged with a woman whom he had a consensual relationship with. Now, I’m no fan of anyone that has a relationship (whether legally or morally right or wrong) with someone and ‘kisses and tells’ and you can certainly question whether he and she should have had such a relationship, though that is not the focus of the article.

In the light of recent accusations and charges of sexual misconduct against many high-powered individuals (though sexual abuse and innuendo happens across all income levels, all sexual orientations, all races, all creeds, and in all corners of life-against both women and men) we know that bringing these charges to the forefront will help to start change the culture women and men live in.

That being said, where does The Herald get its “reliable news” to state “Barton threatened woman”? Barton did not threaten the woman; she threatened him. How about “Barton threatened by woman” or “Woman threatened Barton with release of damaging material”? Or is The Herald forgetting their ad “there is in this community no one so poor or insignificant that the Herald will not defend him if he be wronged.”

As you say, “those strong words remain relevant.” Just not what The Herald chooses to do?

Joannie Cowles


Editor’s note: The Washington Post story published in The Herald makes clear that Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, did threaten to report his relationship with the woman to the Capitol Hill Police if she continued to discuss the relationship with other women. Barton claims she later theatened to share photos and intimate correspendence in retaliation, allegations she denied, although a lewd photo of Barton was posted on an anonymous Twitter account.

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