Report was outrageous
Monday, February 12, 2001
Your front-page coverage of Dr. Annelle
Blanchard's tragic death was an outrageous abuse of the media's power. Is New
Orleans (or the world) so lacking in newsworthy stories that you needed to fill
the front page with an article composed of salacious gossip and innuendo?
Many people lead "controversial"
lives and many people meet "untimely deaths." However, I cannot recall
another incident where The Times-Picayune has reported the untimely death of a
controversial private citizen on its front page.
As you note in your article, Dr. Blanchard
had a large family. Before that family could even grieve her death -- indeed,
before her funeral -- you have tainted and denigrated her memory.
Nancy Scott Degan, New Orleans