Apologies, I’d somehow missed this comment. How can I put it without sounding like an insufferable pedant? This was an opinion piece.
Please allow me to clarify:
Definition of opinion
1 a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter. We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium.
b : approval, esteem. I have no great opinion of his work.
2 a : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge. A person of rigid opinions.
b : a generally held view. News programs that shape public opinion.
3 a : a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert. My doctor says that I need an operation, but I’m going to get a second opinion.
b : the formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based. The article discusses the recent Supreme Court opinion.
See also: Definition of op-ed
an essay in a newspaper or magazine that gives the opinion of the writer and that is written by someone who is not employed by the newspaper or magazine.