A weekly newspaper has published a 2,000-word rant on its website in which a reader accuses its own staff of political bias.
The West Briton, based in Truro, was accused by reader T. Harold Graham of showing favouritism towards the political right and campaigning against calls for a Cornish Assembly.
Mr Graham ended his 2,124-word tirade by calling on readers to boycott the paper, claiming that posters with a “pro-Cornish” point of view are banned from commenting if they “step out of line”.
Explaining the decision to publish the letter, David said: “He’s put a lot of effort into this and it was only fair to give him a chance to have his say.
“It’s always very easy to dismiss these things but we’d though we’d let him share his viewpoint.”
Responding to the accusations of political bias made in the letter, he added: “That couldn’t be further from the truth as far as we’re concerned.
“It accuses us of being biased against the Cornish which, as a newspaper in the heart of Cornwall, would be bizarre and a very strange direction to take.
“There is no political line taken by ourselves and we don’t support any particular political party or group.”
The letter’s publication has attracted more than 60 comments on the West Briton’s website.
David also admitted the paper may consider publishing letters with a similar level of criticism in the futre.
He said: “If we got exactly the same letter again I don’t think we’d publish it but it’s not something we’d say no to immediately.
“We’re here and we’re reporting on all aspects of different things some people wouldn’t want to see, so if some people write in and say things we don’t like it seems unfair to not let them have their say.”