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What To Do When an Opinion Piece Makes You Mad

18 August 2017  

“I can’t believe they’d say that…”

So, you just read an Editorial - Letter to the Editor - Opinion Piece that made you mad. Whoever wrote it - they’re obviously crazy. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Seriously, how could they…?


What to do? 

Step-by-step instructions to coping with a dumb Opinion piece. 

1. Take a deep breath. 

2. Remember the old (slightly edited for this purpose) saying, "If they don’t think my way, let them think wrong." 

3. Take another deep breath. 

4. Decide if it’s really worth getting worked up over. 

No: Set it aside, walk away and go on with your life. 
Yes: Ask yourself if you’re really sure it’s worthy of higher blood pressure. 

5. Remember that we are all grownups, and everyone comes to their own opinion based on their life experiences, perspectives and personal knowledge. Sometimes those opinions will not match yours. (See #2.)

6. Keep breathing.

7. Mentally thank the publisher of the media outlet for putting the other side on record. Now you have all the ammo you need to know how foolish the author of the opinion piece really is.

8. Just breathe.

9. Ask yourself one more time, is it worth it? 

No: Walk away. Life is short. (See #2)
Yes: Ok - then do something about it. 

  • Pull together all documents you can obtain that refute the opinion piece.
  • Write a list of all the things you disagree with. If there are a lot, you made have to divide it into two or more lists (to write two or more rebuttals). 
  • Write a rebuttal.  Keep it short & sweet if possible. 
  • Go point by point. 
  • Use your documents to strengthen your arguments. 
  • Be respectful.
  • Acknowledge the areas in which the other person is right. (Look hard. There’s gotta be something!)
  • Have it proofread by someone else. 
  • Set it aside for at least 8 hours. 
  • Read it again. 
  • Ask yourself one more time, is it worth it?

No: Move on. (See #2)
Yes: Send it in. 

The point is, at the end of the day, we all have something to offer. We can learn something from anyone. But, we are never going to agree with everyone on everything. That’s ok. 

In the meantime, if you want to unfriend them, go ahead. (At least until the election is over, for goodness sake.)

It’s ok. Life is short. 

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.