Reader’s write

2017-03-15 06:03

THANKS to President Donald Trump "fake news" has become a much featured subject.

As a member of the teaching profession accustomed to emphasising facts I find this development very serious.

What made me write this to you is because of two different­ reports last week - one in your paper and the other in The Witness, March 13.

Greytown Gazette story, headlined "Sudden death of Grade 10 pupil", reported on the unknown cause of the death of 17-year-old Siboniso Majola.

The final paragraph referred to a previous Durban newspaper report that had claimed a gang had been stealing food from girls at the school and the report alleged that a bottle of juice had been "poisoned to prevent further thefts”.

End of Greytown Gazette report.

But the previous day The Witness had headlined the tragedy “Healthy pupil dies after drinking classmate's juice”.

This slant was placed on the story with much use of the word "allegedly", but put over the image that the headline indeed was the cause of death - no "allegedly” in the headline.

With due respect to the man who is making"fake news" on a daily basis this would surely meet his standards.

Stick to the facts, teacher


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