The Cruelest Prosecutor
After reading Jessica Pishko’s “Is Angela Corey the Most Hated Prosecutor in America?” [Sept. 12/19], I don’t understand how Corey stays in office. There should be someone to say, “No more—this has to stop!” I thought sending a child to prison for life was bad enough, but to convict a woman who defended herself against an abusive husband is inconceivable. She should be removed from office yesterday, if not sooner. I can only hope that there are others like myself who see the rage in this woman and believe she should be in jail.
Frank E. Shirley
The Nation Replies
We are pleased to report that Corey lost her reelection bid by 38 points on August 30. She’s the first sitting Jacksonville state attorney ever to lose an election. Her replacement, Melissa Nelson, was an attorney for Cristian Fernandez, one of the children that Corey’s office tried to send to prison for life.
Senior Editor, The Nation
new york city
Nothing Ailed Us!
I believe The Nation owes us an apology [Samantha Schuyler’s “Rancid Roger,” Aug. 15/22]. I was a reporter at Television News Incorporated (TVN), and none of my colleagues would have joined a “propaganda machine.” We covered the news as professionals, without any interference from Roger Ailes—who, by the way, I never met. We were engaged by the idea of building a fourth network, not a right-wing enterprise.
ocean view, del.
Samantha Schuyler Replies
Carolyn Lewis is absolutely right that many TVN staff were serious professionals intent on reporting the news with accuracy and integrity—a point captured by Northeast bureau chief Pete Simmons in an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review in 1975: “[TVN] hired professional newspeople to get the operation going.” However, the same commitment to honest reportage cannot be granted to the company’s founder, conservative beer magnate Joseph Coors, who created the news service as a corrective to what he believed was the liberal bias of network news. TVN, wrote Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson in a 2011 profile of Roger Ailes, was “designed to inject a far-right slant into local news broadcasts by providing news clips that stations could use without credit.” Indeed, when the news staff failed to produce the desired content, company president Jack Wilson would harangue his news director, Dick Graf (who was eventually replaced by Ailes), for not pushing the company’s news packages rightward, or for covering events or people not deemed politically palatable. (One memo, also quoted in the 1975 CJR article, reads: “Why was only Hubert Humphrey given a chance to voice his socialist viewpoints on food stamps, housing, medical care and the provisions of federal funds?”)