In the Columbia School of Journalism’s damning report on the Rolling Stones’ “A rape on campus” story at the University of Virginia, lack of “skepticism” is singled out as the critical editorial failure.

We are grateful to have a local daily paper and might not think much about critical standards of that journalism. But we should expect a little “skepticism.”

To survive, newspapers have had to cut staff reporters and rely much too heavily on stories from news services — often of dubious sources and purposes and upon “news releases” from politicians, organizations and businesses whose take on the news story is slanted to their purposes.

In the twilight of paper journalism, editors and especially readers need to be all the more skeptical of what we read.

David Batchelder

Seagrass Lane

Isle of Palms