We received multiple reader letters in response to a news brief we published early last week about a vote by ConocoPhillips investors.
The following statement was written by the brief's original author (Jessica Azulay) and its primary editor (Brian Dominick). The entire PeoplesNetworks Collective has approved of the statement.
Shareholders shot down a resolution to study the ecological impact of oil exploitation on Alaskaâ€™s North Slope wilderness area, and the environmentalists behind the initiative wanted it covered badly enough that they produced a press release announcing the result. That caught our attention.
As we described in an earlier blog entry about the brief, we took the particular "angle" that we did â€“ highlighting the loss as a defeat for the supposedly "pro-environment" camp among ConocoPhillipsâ€™s investors â€“ because it just seemed like the straightforward and honest way to approach the subject. Rather than accept what we saw as the "spin" of deeming the vote a relative success because a substantial 25 percent of share votes were cast in favor of conducting the research, we took the glass-is-three-quarters-empty perspective typically warranted by a three-to-one defeat.
In reply, readers sent us a number of letters suggesting we had taken the wrong attitude toward the story. (Only one critic wanted his letter published, and it now appears as a comment to that earlier blog entry.)
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