A puff piece published by the Daily Pilot about John Wayne Airport ("New feather in John Wayne's cap," Aug. 22) needed a more objective view. What it did not need was an "atta boy" attitude. John Wayne Airport (JWA) has a well-paid public relations staff to take care of that. If the article was an editorial, then label it as such.
First, the Pilot should check its facts before running a story about how wonderful the new, expanded (sorry, remodeled) airport will be. Surely by now our new editors of the Daily Pilot are well informed about the settlement agreement that limits the airport to 10.8 million annual passengers from 2011 to 2015, not "more than 10.8 million." In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecast in 2009 that JWA would not reach 10.9 million annual passengers until 2022.
When reporting on an issue of a controversial nature, would it not be good reporting, even ethical, to include just a paragraph or two on the controversy about the airport and even include a quote or two from the large numbers of residents concerned about the effect the expansion has on Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and surrounding neighborhoods?