Ombudsman Patrick Pexton’s Nov. 20 column, “For George Will, politics gets personal,” was a superb investigative piece regarding whether op-ed columnist George F. Will should have been more forthcoming regarding his wife’s work with Republican candidates. Pexton concluded that Will’s columns were largely unaffected and that while Will could have communicated her involvement earlier, there was no intentional deception.
Excellent ombudsman columns are frequently not recognized as such when they come to a “not guilty” verdict and particularly when, as in this case, they come to a verdict tantamount to “innocence.”
Congratulations to Patrick Pexton for his excellent work and to George F. Will for his rare combination of political perspicacity and integrity.
Richard E. Vatz, Towson
Vatz has taught courses on media criticism at Towson University for almost two decades.