Thank you for Michael Miner’s editorial on the lawsuit over disk jockey Mancow’s irresponsibility [February 26] in which Miner makes the analogy: “The Reader, for example, depends on the submissions of freelancers….It’s one thing to be diligent about the articles they submit–it would be another to have to ask for references and run background checks.”

It doesn’t take much intelligence to spot the speciousness of this argument. Radio stations don’t get the contributor’s statements to edit beforehand; the Reader does. Consequently it is crucial that they make background checks.

For example–if I were to say that, judging from recent columns, Michael Miner is becoming functionally brain-dead, your lawyers would not let you publish it.

Neil Elliott