Snarky Nature of Responses in 'Postmarks'

RECEIVED Wed., May 17, 2006

    I've been noticing a trend recently over the last six months or so. Perhaps it has been going on longer, and I just wasn't paying attention. The trend is the snarky nature of the Chronicle's responses to the printed letters-to-the-editor. The responses by Louis Black and Mike Clark-Madison to the "Bunch Davidians" was about as egregious an example as I can remember seeing.
    The letters published, which seemed normal for the type the Chronicle tends to publish, were labeled as hysterical and venomous by Mr. Black. Mr Clark-Madison called the letter writers "Bunch Davidians," and Bill Bunch, I assume, was called Kim Jong Bill, as well as referring to Kirk Mitchell as a sugar daddy [“Postmarks,” May 12]. Rereading the letters that engendered such responses, it seems it was the Chronicle that engaged in personal attacks. If Mr. Clark-Madison was referred to as a whore, perhaps the Chronicle should have shown that. After all, the Chronicle does control the flow of information in this particular instance.
Noel Gonzales
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