Why Is 'Chronicle' So Afraid of Alex Jones?

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 16, 2004

Mr. Black,
   Why are you so afraid of Alex Jones? Why are you, Michael King and Mike Clark-Madison, all so afraid to discuss the substance of Jones' arguments, preferring instead to call him childish names ["Austin@Large," News, Aug. 6]? Preferring instead to put sneering, insulting titles above any letter printed in his defense? When are any of you sniveling cowards going to write an article that actually debates or discusses the substance of Jones' work, instead of your usual smear campaign cheap shots?
   Ironically, you tell us that you've banned someone from your letters forum because they "think name-calling is the same as expressing ideas" ["Page Two," Aug. 13]. Wow! I honestly don't think I've ever seen a more blatant example of hypocrisy. All you morons do is call Alex names without expressing any ideas about what he's doing or saying that's so wrong. Please enlighten me, Mr. Black. Be an adult.
   But no, that would be too difficult, wouldn't it?
   So, Mr. Black, is this a "silly letter" that "mindlessly supports" the "pathetic" Alex Jones? I bet you'll put one of your smug, obnoxious titles above it. (That is, if you print it at all.)
   I'm not expecting to "change your mind," Mr.Black. But if you're going to viciously attack a great American dissenter and activist like Alex Jones, I'm expecting you to back it up with some facts. It's called journalistic integrity. Ever heard of it?
Alan Rogers
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