Opinion pages are where readers and the newspaper publicly intersect. They are where the original purpose of newspapers in this country still lives: as a place for informed commentary and advocacy on the issues of the day. Because they are where readers get their say, great respect should be given to the handling of their opinions as well as in offering the newspaper’s own for their consideration.
Newspapers have been forums for expressing opinion since their very beginning in America; in fact, many of the first newspapers were primarily created as vehicles for political speech. Most every journalist knows about the wall of separation placed between the news content of a newspaper and its opinion or editorial pages.