Clifford Russell is a conservative and a Republican who lives in Forest and who has been maligned in the big, bad, national liberal media.
As a small-town newspaper peon, I’m not a part of that cabal. And because we newsfolk are about as territorial as house cats, I’m bringing you the truth about the hatchet job done on a local guy.
It was in an article published Sept. 26 on The Progressive magazine’s website.
That month, freelancer Christopher D. Cook wandered into Romney campaign headquarters in Bedford. That’s where he met Russell, a Romney volunteer.
The title of the piece was “Meet a Romney Extremist in Virginia.”
Some additional text on the website’s front page, which is no longer there, was the chief journalistic offense. In this business it’s known as “a blurb,” and it read: “A staffer in a Romney campaign office wants to execute parents on welfare and give their kids up for adoption.”
That was incorrect. Clifford Russell did not say he wants that. But before we get into what he does want, let’s explore the article and its aftermath.
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