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Wasilla newspaper editor apologizes for suggesting 'deadly force' could be used on Joe McGinnis

A Wasilla newspaper is apologizing for suggesting violence could be used against the journalist who has moved next door to Sarah Palin.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman closed an editorial Wednesday by saying that the journalist, Joe McGinnis, should be reminded "that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property."

The editor of the paper is now backing off that missive:

In an effort to find a catchy ending, I was a bit too creative with the last paragraph. If I had it to do over again, I would have left off the last sentence of the editorial. It doesn’t add to my point, which was that there is nothing particularly newsworthy about someone moving in next door nor about a new fence going up to protect the privacy of neighbors.

I certainly did not mean to suggest that McGinnis would or should be the victim of violence. For that matter, I didn’t mean to suggest the Palins would do such a thing.

All of which points to the power of words. I misused them on Saturday. I’ll try to have more respect for that power next time around.

--Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  |  June 3, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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