Last Wednesday night I attended the public question and answer forum at Ball High School where candidates for the upcoming election were hosted by The Daily News.
Imagine my dismay when the morning after I read the article (“Galveston candidates face off,” Daily News, March 20) reporting on the event.
The lead sentence of the article reads, “Elizabeth Beeton wants to make Galveston weird.”
This wasn’t just the lead sentence of the article — it stood alone and was the lead paragraph of the article.
Who, running for mayor, would go before the voters and claim that they “want to make Galveston weird,” whatever that might mean?
They would have to be stupid to suggest such a thing, and Elizabeth Beeton is anything but stupid.
So what did she say? Citing the city of Austin as an example, she said: “I see Galveston as being a destination for young people, for young people to want to live here.”
You heard it right, fellow citizens. Elizabeth Beeton wants Galveston to become the type of place where young people would want to live.
How “weird” is that?
The only thing “weird” was reporter John Wayne Ferguson’s associating that particular word with anything Elizabeth Beeton had to say.
Was it journalistic flair or deliberate misrepresentation? Inquiring minds want to know.