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July 20, 2007

Let's turn now to what you have to say about the Journal. You've been writing and we've been reading. Here are some selected comments and questions on topics you found the most vital:

In Response to Princeton Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell, who appeared on the Journal on May 18, 2007:

I am not sure that I agree with Dr. Lacewell that race still matters in America. I am not a demographer and I know primarily my frame of reference and where I live, but I think that America has grown tremendously with respect to overcoming racism.
--Gerri Michalska

Professor Harris-Lacewell was a breath of fresh air. I'm tired of the usual leaders that appear on talk shows...I'm realistic. Most of America is not ready for a black face as leader of the free world...There are many that are - but most are not.
--Malik Edwards

We need to look at the myriad forms of prejudice in our society and address the sense of entitlement that a person feels gives them the right to discriminate or harass. Until we deal with the entitlement issue, racism and its ugly cousins like homophobia, fat phobia and misogyny, will continue.
--Morgaine Swann

In Response to Bill Moyers essay on Rupert Murdoch, which aired on June 29, 2007:

Men like Murdoch who attempt to control the news to their own ends are the greatest danger to this nation in a very long time.
--David Jacquez

As a journalist for 18 years, I have followed the death spiral that the news media has been in. Journalism is too important to the future of this republic, on all levels - from inside the Beltway to the small village in Pennsylvania - to be left to the vagaries and greed of the marketplace.
--Scot Douglas Celley

I agree that it'll be a sad day if Rupert Murdoch takes over the Wall Street Journal, but I find it disingenuous to single out Murdoch's empire for selling "babes and breasts, gossip and celebrities." Take a look at the sorry state of affairs at CBS, NBC and ABC and other "home-grown" media. Walter Lippmann and Eric Sevareid would roll over in their graves!
--Black Hills Monitor

In Bill Moyers' conversation with Imam Zaid Shakir, which aired on June 29, 2007, Imam Zaid said:
I condemn all the lunatic that are killing innocent people be they in pizza houses in Tel Aviv, be they innocent Muslims, Christians or others being slaughtered senselessly in Iraq...I condemn all of it.
And here are your responses:

The Imam tried very hard to put a kind & favorable face on Islam. However, I remain troubled by a religion that has such a recent history of advocating killing by individuals.

I am considered a "left-wing" Christian and feel that Islam and Christianity have so much to learn from each other and yet we refuse to listen to one another. America was established in some part for those with spiritual conviction. However, colonialism and capitalism has taught us that it is easier to marginalize than to include.
--Michelle Baraka

It seems fairly routine among mainstream voices here in the West to hold Islam and Muslims in contempt because of the actions of their fringe radical element. I think that as Americans we have mostly learned to accept people regardless of their race, but we have a long way to go when it comes to a man's religion.

In "Payday for CEO's," which aired on June 8, 2007 and highlighted CEO compensation in the airline industry, Flight Attendant Amanda Olson, states:
They can reap so much in stock options and pay and we're not even getting a cost of living increase in the 5 years of our contract.
And here's what you said:

Thank you for finally doing a piece on CEO greed in the airline industry. I thought the world had gone mad....In the words of Lee Iacocca, "Where is the Rage?"
--Jan Patterson

You assumed that CEOs being paid more while workers are paid less is a bad thing. You never offered any proof, or rational arguments. When a CEO gets $20 million in options, if the price drops below the strike price he gets nothing. You should have explained this.

Thank you for the Executive Greed story. As a copilot at Northwest working at half pay, I'm working two other full-time jobs just to keep my house. I am presumably at the top of the food chain as far as pilot jobs are concerned, but I may be forced to leave this job because of the low pay.
--Tom Sylvester

And there has been tremendous response to last week's impeachment panel featuring Bruce Fein and John Nichols:

"Opening your mail, your e-mails, your phone calls. Breaking and entering your homes. Creating a pall of fear and intimidation if you say anything against the president you may find retaliation. We're claiming he's setting precedents that will lie around like loaded weapons."
--Bruce Fein

"And that is why we ought to be discussing impeachment. Not because of George Bush and Dick Cheney but because we are establishing a presidency that does not respect the rule of law. And people, Americans, are rightly frightened by that."
--John Nichols

Here are some of your responses, which continue to roll in:

Can someone please explain to me what law was broken, exactly? Why are impeachment proceedings in order?

Why no mention of HR333, Congressman Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Vice President Cheney? The program implied that there was no movement in congress to impeach - yet HR333 was introduced on April 24, 2007.
--Chris Ellinger

I wish every US citizen had heard Fein and Nichols arguments for impeachment. Newspapers and television news should demand that hearings take place. In my city, local media report only local crime stories or feature fluff. National TV is so busy making nice and getting ratings that they ignore the important issues.
--JoAnne Young

This interchange was one of the most one-sided, hateful and sometimes totally incorrect programs it has been my misfortune to watch. Sincerely,
--Margaret Jenkins

As much as I would not want the country to go through Impeachment Hearings, it is the right thing to do. This administration has taken too many liberties on the laws of this country. Neither the president nor vice president should think they are above these laws. I hope that the American people demand that these hearings be heard.

Before watching...tonight I disagreed with impeachment because I felt it would take too much energy and time away from other important matters of law. I no longer believe that impeachment is off the table. Impeachment IS the table.
--Helen Shane

Your letters mean a lot so keep in touch on the blog.

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