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And Now--Fictional Journalism 

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To the editors:

Is this journalism? Or is this fiction? Your article of March 25, 1988, "Saying No to Fundamentalism," exhibited such an inordinate amount of errors in fact, that I found it hard to take it seriously. A nice concept, but the research was lacking. Do Jehovah's Witnesses really believe that the U.S. Army is going to enslave the world? Do they really believe that music is wrong, that dancing is taboo? Could the author, Dan Liberty, provide evidence to back up these statements?

The errors contained in this article raised questions about the veracity of other remarks it contained with which I have less acquaintance. And it raises questions about the factualness of your paper as a whole. Is it journalism? Or is it fiction?

David Schmoller

Woodruff, Wisconsin

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