Comment 76813

By Speclettersquota (anonymous) | Posted May 11, 2012 at 16:57:19

The Spec is publishing your letter to meet a sort of quota, enforced by Metroland--Torstar: at least 33.3% of Spec letters to the editor must NOT advance bigotry, opinionated false or ignorant "facts", attacks on other people (the Spec's often silly "the letter writer"), nor must this 1/3 of letters say that other writers had certain motives. The 1/3 must not be anti-queer (even if they don't exactly say that) nor think that white Christians are under assault and horribly discriminated against. They must also not assert that Jews who are worried about Israeli gov't policy are probably self-hating Jewish antisemites.
That leaves 2/3 for all the rest of the insufferable drivel--but that's just my own view, understand.
Your letter helps meet the 1/3 quota of sane, thoughtful, factually researched and accurate, persuasive, thought-provoking letters. If the Spec somewhat resents this quota it's because IT TAKES MORE WORK for them at the paper, and of course for the letter writers.

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