[Tweeters] error in Seattle Times Swan story

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Fri Nov 23 08:07:03 PST 2007


For the benefit of Tweeters, where is the error here? To the best of my
knowledge, hunting with lead shot in and around wetland areas has been
illegal for quite a few years, and the swans that are suffering from lead
poisoning are mainly ingesting lead pellets that were deposited into their
habitat many years ago.

Not having seen the Seattle Times story, if there was an error about the
nature of lead pollution, it would appear to have originated with WDFW, not
with the Seattle Times. The Times reporter can be forgiven for accepting as
truth information that came from a usually-reliable source (WDFW).

Please elaborate on the nature of the "error", for those of us who didn't
read the story.

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ed Newbold
Sent: November-22-07 11:01 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] error in Seattle Times Swan story

Hi all,

On Tuesday Nov. 20, two days after James Vesely, editor in chief, wrote a
long piece about the lonely job of the print journalist in vetting truth in
the news, the Seattle Times printed a story emanating from the Dept of
Wildlife on Swans clearly implying that lead was no longer being added into
the ecosystem.

Despite this (major?) error, I'd like to thank the Times for printing the
piece about Swans thus bringing attention to them and thank the WDFW for
caring about them and working to save them.

Thanks all, ednewbold1 at yahoo.com residential Beacon Hill Seattle, WA


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