Your piece on why America hates the press missed the point
entirely. When the press analyzes itself, it usually misses
the point. This is the same for when it analyzes the "NEWS".
Not once did you go outside the Beltway for the opinions of
mainstream Americans. Virtually everyone interviewed is a
member of the Washington Press and had appeared on many of
the same shows they decried. People such as: James Fallows,
David Broder, Jim Warren, etc.
Had you talked with mainstream Americans you might have found
we are wise enough to know the difference between opinion
shows, like the McLaughlin report and "real news" shows. We
are also smart enough to know when networks and reporters
let their opinions intrude on their reporting of the "real
news". This can be blatantly seen in all 3 network evening
news programs, as well as, Nightline, and Prime-Time which
purport to be news programs rather than opinion programs.
In short, what ever happened to the journalistic ideal of
objectivity? Many Americans feel we are not being told the
truth by the Press, and this is why we hate the Press!
Objectivity does still exist but not in the opinionated
person of James Fallows and the rest of the pack he is
currently turning on.
If you would like to see what unfiltered, unopinionated
reporting of Washington looks like, turn on C-SPAN and
watch Brian Lamb; you will get a lesson on what objectivity
Thanks for your time,
Regarding your program of 10/22/96, you've done an excellent job of
answering your own question: Do they eat their own young? A major
problem with the 4th Estate these days is the often total disregard
and lack of what used to be known as "responsible journalism." This
sensationalist, and as you pointed out, often staged approach to what
used to be essentially "reporting the facts" is made all the worse as
your show further amplified the media's willingness to have the lion
lay with the lamb. Only in this case, it's really a couple of old
lions getting together to see how they can divvy up the lamb; in
reality, the unsuspecting public. Where did our watchdogs go?
I was surprised that your piece on the Washington press corps did not do the
obvious: Talk to the little people about what they perceive to be the
and weaknesses of big-time journalism. Nope, it was up to other
most of whom I've seen appear on the "news" shows you attacked--to give us
straight dope on their colleagues. Weird methodolgy for something that was
billed as a no-holds-barred critique of an incestuous club. Believe it or
there are more than a few articulate plumbers scattered among the
Your illuminating report gave words to what I have felt
about the national press establishment for several years.
Being the over-60 crowd, I remember the days when I
felt the press identified with my concerns and was more
interested in reporting than pontificating or influencing the
public attitude with their own bias and opinions.
I used to respect the reporters and had faith in their reports.
Now I feel as if they insult my intelligence by trying to
presenting their own points of view as "analysis", and
imply that the public will not be able to analyze the
substance of the reports without them being "spuned" by
the Washington"reporters" first.
Frankly, my guess is that the press's reaction to your report
will be their usual "critical attack" rather than the much
needed introspection. They are more out of touch with
the public than they ever imagined!
I must confess that your program "Why people hate the
press" gave voice to the contempt and despair that "the silent majority"
has for the prostitution of the press in our country. The reasons for
this contempt are not invidious, meretricious and or platitudinous,
rather, they are based-in my view- in the press's immoral belief that you
can "fool most of the people most of the time!"...and get away with it!
Sorry Sam Donaldson, Kokie Roberts, David Gergen and sundry and similarly
situated double talker!, it doesn't work anymore.
If greed is your primary focus, go to it-more power to you-, this is a
free country, no apologies needed; but, if on the other hand, your
primary focus if to seek and report the truth, then, get on with that!,
and please spares us your pompous, pious, selfserving and sorry excuses!
All that you do by doing so if to increase our distrust and contempt.
I would like to commend you on your frank interpretation and clarified
representation of the current news media's propensity to lie down with some
not so noble bedfellows.
Your story echoes my sentiments, precipitated mainly by the networks
disturbing "spin" on the recent presidential debates.
Am I alone in thinking that their agenda (i.e. Donaldson et al.) was scripted
at another place and another time?
Your honest approach to media "hero" Bob Woodward provided an adequate
yardstick against which all of the other media "celebrities" could be
Alternatively, David Broder's sober commentary on "the way things ought to
be" was refreshing (if not antiquated). I can't wait to hear him perform at
the convention. Maybe I'll even get his autograph!
The producers of Frontline are as "out of touch" with mainstream
America as the personalities they were profiling in their
story. America DOES NOT HATE the press because of their
personal appearances and speaking fees. America HATES the
press because they have a liberal bias and will not even
admit to it. They claim objectivity, when in reality they
are the biggest supporters of Clinton and this
administration (If you don't believe that, just ask your
Frontline staff how many of them will be voting for
Bill Clinton this Nov.?) Also, because the press
usually doesn't get their facts straight, and they usually
don't tell us the whole story--just what they selectively
want us to know.
If the producers of Frontline would just spend a bit more
time listening to Washington Journal on C-SPAN every morning
at 7am, they'd hear WHY the American people HATE and distrust
the press. It NEVER has anything to do with honorariums or
speaking fees. It HAS EVERYTHING to do with their liberal bias and
I was very encouraged last night as I watched this program.
At last, someone has gotten it right! I personally have
given up on watching any of the Washington News commentaries
as well as the major network news boardcasts because of the
blatent bias that comes across in their reporting. My local
news gives me enough information on most subjects and is able
to relate it in a manner that is relevant to my community
and state, as well as, national concerns. Continue this type
of reporting and I may even consider watching PBS more often!
Why does America hate the press? Because under the bright lights and in
the hot air of
Washington DC the press has mutated into some sort of 'Little Shop of
hothouse plant that couldn't possibly survive living in the 'real world'.
majority of correspondents, et, al., don't and can't live among the masses,
they have, in effect, forgotten we are here, and instead pander to the
issues and personalities that make up their fraternity. They don't know
us, don't care,
and don't know anybody who does. They need to remember, in the long run,.
incest usually destroys the entire organism.
As a journalism student preparing to leap into the field, I was ó to be dramatic ó
horrified by FRONTLINE's look at "celebrity" journalists. I could not believe that
respected reporters such as Jack Germond and Cokie Roberts think it's "OK" to
pocket hefty speaker fees. Germond said he only takes on engagements for groups he
does not come in contact with in the political arena. I envy his psychic ability:
It must be very profitable to be able to recognize future conflicts like that.
I suppose it all comes down to personal ethics, but if news organizations truly
cared about the public they are supposedly serving, they would outlaw this form of
East Lansing, MI
It is crystal clear why America hates the Press because
like every greedy and self centered politicians inside and
outsided the beltway, they are corrupted and are not real
journalists. They never representd the public and I don't
think they will ever be... they are one of those people who
advance their own interest in the name of the public and
they should be ashamed of themselves. Each journalist must
ask his/her self before reporting any corruption stories if
they are one of them.....
Thank you for your show on "Why America Hates the Media". I think
you did a fair job illuminating why many journalists cannot be trusted
or taken seriously in their reporting because of their financial
motives or other conflicts of interest. However, I think you ignored
an even more significant problem in the news today and that is the
pervasive replacement of news reporting with "news analysis". Why I
hate the media is because instead of providing me with researched
stories and allowing me to form my own conclusions, journalists provide
speculation and opinion on why who did what. How much focus in the
Republican Contract on America was paid to the details and consequences
of the actual laws passed versus how much was placed on Republicans
Another disturbing trend in the media is the increasing corporate
conglomeration of the media. No longer is the primary focus of most
print and broadcast journalism the reporting of news, but the generation
of profit for the parent company.
When I sat down to watch this program, I expected to
see a show dealing with why America(the US citizens)
hate the press. Instead, I get a show in which the
Washington press corps again says that they are
objective, & the only problem is that they make too
Nowhere in this show was there any mention of why the
man in the street outside the Beltway distrusts the
I can tell you that I prefer to watch the Fox News Channel
basically because I don't get slanted news. I like their
slogan-WE REPORT-YOU DECIDE. This is one thing the press
doesn't do-they report & then tell us what to think about
it-in the same article. I hate this disguised editorializing.
When you do a show which interviews the man on the street-
& shows why he(or she) distrusts & hates the press, I will
then know that you did a show that delivered what the
Better luck next time.
Your report on journalists' increasing tendency to seek celebrity status was
downright hilarious - - much like the Capital Gang and the McLaughlin Group
shows themselves, which I watch at every opportunity.
What was hilarious was the soul-searching disillusionment of the liberal
celebrity journalists who proclaim dismay at the cheapening of their
profession in pursuit of money - - followed by open admissions of hypocrisy,
and explanations that seemed almost like pleas for help so that they can
stop! The conservative journalists, who understand that it money is not the
root of all evil, at least can take comfort that they do not betray their
ideals by seeking fame and the fortune that follows.
Long live John McLaughlin and Bob Novak!
And may Eleanor Clift and Sam Donaldson both succumb to nervous breakdowns in
their first-ever struggles with conscience!
Frontline is guilty of the same narrow view as the Washington reporters - you looked
only at the group inside the beltway - but what about all the "local" reporters who
distrort their articles to conform with their own political, religious, or moral
values rather than just writing the facts about an event.
I wish to congratulate you on a program which profoundly changed the way I look
at the Washington news media. While I pride myself on keeping extremely
well-informed I now realize how little one can grasp through print and
television news. I will never again assume that celebrity newspeople speak from
elightened objectivity. More disturbing to me than this, however, is that most
of these celebrity reporters will fail to understand why.
Your show on this topic was a form of masterbation! From "flyover country" we
will begin to have respect for the press when we see the media play
"hardball" on an even playing field. Without question any public display on
the part of the media clearly demonstrates the touted 80% liberal bias.
I have cancelled all of my news magazines. I get my news other ways. I read
newspapers only when I can see one for free! I hardly believe anything the
national press has to say. Even talk radio is no longer reliable.
You people have a long way to go to convince me (and many others) that the
press is worthy of its name and desired reputation.
Your title was a little over-reaching and promised more
that it delivered. A more appropriate title would have
been: "Why the Washington Press Corps is a Bunch of
Rich Inside-The-Beltway Political Groupies."
It's beyond me how any documentary titled "Why America
Hates The Press" could have omitted Dan Rather entirely.
I think there's potential for a multi-part series here.
Why not get out and talk to the viewing public? Where was
"America" in your report? Surely not Jim Fallows or Howard
Kurtz. They're too close to it to be objective on the
Reporters deliver the news, they should not be the news. Let them turn in
their press passes if they want VIP passes. Thank you for the informative
report. I hope that the journalists were not too busy this evening attending
parties and giving speeches to watch your report.
Having watched this evening's "Frontline' (10-22-96) regarding the
Wsahington media double and triple dipping, I was suprised by the
negative presentation of many "liberal" REPORTERS while the only big
conservative target was Gearge Will, a political COMMENTATOR. I think
you would have done well to draw a distinction between those who claim
objectivity and those who are declared advocates of one view or
Still, this report was far more neutral than many of its predecessors
(the Gingrich assassination comes to mind). If you continue to
present reasonably balanced reports, "Talk of the Nation" keeps Ray at
the helm, and Nina Totenburg gets laryngitis, maybe many of the folks
out here in taxpayerland would be less determined to end public funding
of "news" programs that so often seem to be scripted by The DNC.
St. Louis, MO
Bravo! I've known for some time that the press is not made
up of nobel paragons; but the case is worse than I thought.
That Cookie Roberts and Sam Donaldson refused to comment for
this broadcast speaks loudly of their hypocrisy. I thought
it was only corrupt congressmen who refused to talk about
their possible inproper acts. Or so have the journalists
told us. I don't hate the press - I just don't trust it.
New York, NY
I eagerly anticipated your broadcast of this program.
After viewing it, though, I was left with the sense of
emptiness. Aside from a few tidbits of interesting
information not readily known, nothing was really exposed
that wasn't already apparent to "America" -- that the
Washington press corp are overpaid, self-rightious, self-
serving entreprenures who make a living by telling us what
we should believe about what they call news and by attacking
others (most often conservative or christian) as being
I was most disturbed by these purveyors of truth who confess
being only "a little concerned" by other journalists -- not
themselves, of course -- who compromise alleged objectivity
by accepting thousands from interest groups while being paid
millions to report news. How dare these multi-millionares
"expose" the salaries paid to athletes or executives in an
effort to report how "out of touch" they may be to real
As hard hitting as this show portrayed itself, the softballs
still prevailed. An expose` of other professions would have
had on-the-street confrontations with the offender who
refused to agree to talk on camera. Stalk down Cokie or Sam
or any of the others and challenge them to defend their
objectivity or their millions.
In the end, its all to easy to understand why character,
virtue and morals -- traits that still mean something to
middle-America -- are so easily shunned by the
Administration with impunity. The elite press that covers
it is of the same ilk -- do as I say, not as I do.
Excellent, eye-opening job, though
not surprising. The world's oldest
profession is not limited to ladies
at street corners. It includes far
too many persons and organizations
-whether in business, politics, the media,
education, etc. And it is the same
the world over, including our potentially
wonderful land where disparities
in income are scandalous.
I have just watched your Frontline program tonight regarding the
Washbington press corps. Among other things, the program highlighted
the apparent conflicts of interest encountered by Washington reporters
because of the opportunities they have to capitalize on their fame (or
notoriety?). The logical conclusion (reductii ad absurdum) is that
Washington reporters will tend to be soft on the subjects they cover.
It has been my experience in the last few years that the opposite is true.
The press corps, especially the broadcast journalists, have been
irresponsibly critical, with an especially cynical type of ctiticism, at times
when more balanced and factual reporting would much better serve the
public (their market). How can these two perceptions be reconciled?
Winter Springs, FL
I enjoyed your program of 10/22 on journalist's role in our society, and the
potential conflicts of interest inherent in the blurring of roles.
But, I do think one vital distinction was not made, namely the distinction between
reporters and editorialists. The reason that public confidence in major media
figures is so low is that we don't trust that those who report our news are leaving
their biases at the door. But, in the case of editorialists, George Will, for
example, we don't rely on Mr. Will for news. We KNOW he's editorializing on This
Week and in his newspaper column. We KNOW he's a conservative and expect that bias
to show through.
Similarly, I have no problem with Crossfire and The McLaughlin Group so long as the
participants are restricted to those that express opinions for a living. If Sam
Donaldson expresses a political viewpoint on This Week, and then attempts to
deliver the news I have to wonder how much the news is distorted by his view. But,
if a newspaper or magazine editorialist does the same thing, that person is only
working in a different venue, not compromising himself.
North Las Vegas, NV
After watching the second Presidential debate with friends who agreed with my
assessment that Bob Dole's performance was almost embarrassingly poor, we watched a
few of the media pundits (including those on PBS) and were astounded at their
perceptions of the event. We could scarcely believe that they had been watching
the same debate.
It is clear from viewing "Why America Hates the Press" that the media folks who
covered the debate were viewing it from the perspective of the "insider's club."
They evaluated the candidates' performance not objectively but from a skewed and
rarified position where pointless and repetitive attacks are "forceful challenges"
and a doddering lack of focus and inability to give straightforward answers to
simple questions becomes "staying on message."
I appreciated your presentation on the press. Shows such as Frontline are far to
rare. As you so clearly pointed out, we live in a time when honesty and integrity
are rare commodities. It is small wonder so many people are cynical about both
politicians and the press. Fame, power and money are powerful forces which have
created a bubble in which the incestuous elite of the political and "news" worlds
put spin on information the distorted information that passes for jounalism. Your
show was both honest and thought provoking. Thank You!
Port Townsend, WA
It's too bad you didn't get opinions from citizens who live and work outside the
beltway and the larger news organizations.
I think you'd find that most of us don't hate the press, but rather get a bit sick
and tired of the opinionating. After all,
why do I need an analysis from a journalist after say, a presidential debate when
I'm quite capable of forming my own judgement based on
what I just heard and saw? In that case they'd serve the public better by having
facts and figures ready to dispute or confirm points made by the
Then again, maybe they do that, I don't know. I quit watching the analyses a long
You really hit the proverbial nail on the head with your program last night.!
On occasion I have been able to locate some good television journalistic
coverage, but rarely would I call it great. All of you presented a clear,
fair, and honest portrayal of what is happening inside your profession
and in large measure why so many Americans feel they can not trust the
ìnewsî provided by a few self righteous pontificators that emanate from
our airways and some case try to dispose in the press.
FRONTLINE, has exposed the illness, that permeates American journalism
and the devastating effects that it causes.
So many of our countrymen want good honest information, not the ìSunday
junk mailî TV hype, or the tainted and one sided views of a few ìcriminally
obviousî lecture circle junkies. If the few peers which you exposed within your
ranks continue that practice at the expense of unbiased journalism, we as
Americans are all in trouble.
All of you at FRONTLINE must be commended for your efforts. You have exposed
a great illness and at the same time you have provided the best solution for a
RUN IT AGAIN!!!!!
Costa Mesa, CA
I read the comments of the various media people criticizing the Program which was
aired: "Why Americans Hate the Media".I would like to tell you that the response of
the press illustrates how out of touch they are. I can only speak for myself but
at each news report I am struck by the seeming ignorance of the questions by
reporters who either don't listen to the answers , or choose to ask the question
again when they don't get the answer they want. I marvel at why they would ask the
questions they do and wonder if there are people who can not see their feeble
attempt to dig out any dirt, ignoring issues.
The new breed of news coverage, all day shows like CNN, show the worst intelligence.
I realize that their job is to fill up a whole day with news which may or may not
be there. I therefore ignore 3/4 of their reporting, figuring it was probably
manufactured to fill time.
Talk shows? I refuse to watch them, they are for entertainment only and have no
news value. My rule is to turn them off, or walk out of the room if someone else is
An example of how I handle the twisted news reports lies in how I watched the
debates. I watched the CSPAN presentation and turned off the pundits who were
interpreting what had been said.
I choose to listen to the facts. I find this most often in Public Radio, especially
the BBC news reports which seem more objective about what is going on in America.
The best news I've found comes out of Canada.
Finally, as a consumer of news the off button on my T.V. is a valuable asset. I
hope we all start using it.
I thought the report was very accurate. However, the reason Americans hate
the press is not only are they insulated like the
politicians they report on (which is an issue), its that the Washington
press are a bunch of hypocrites. The issue is one of crediblity and honesty.
Almost every "journalist" mentioned makes over a million dollars. Not only
do they pretend to be from "working class" families, they also pretend
they are "objective." Too often are stories which go against their personal
philosophy downplayed, ignored, buried, etc. and those which fit their
personal view of the world played up (i.e., Quayle and his potatoe error vs.
Al Gore messing up E pluribus unum and saying out of one, many). The numerous
scandals of the Clinton administraton are virtually ignored or worse, reported
but seriously downplayed. Many journalists even APPOLOGIZE for such actions.
If this were a Republican administration, the press would have crucified the
incumbent. This is shear hypocracy.
If most journalist would admit they have a liberal bias or tell the public
that they DO have opinions and these opinions DO show up in their reports,
this would then begin the process of regaining their credibility.
Rancho Cordova, CA
"All the worlds a stage."
The only remaining question is: How do I become a star?
Just as "sensationalism" dominates the "news", the motivation they call "ratings" is
truly, money, power and ego.
To change journalism today - is to change human nature.
Bring humilty, honesty and integrity to any of the elite fields,
from actor to rock-star, athlete, politician, journalist, chief, etc.,
is akin to mythological miracles of idealistic dreamers.
Humans are mythological beasts, and most will always pay the freight for idolatry
whatever form it takes.
Liberalism is dead! Long live this semi-benevolent OLIGARCHY!
Excuse me while I return to trying to figure out how to make $30,000. an hour.
P.S. You are in for the wrath of demons for producing such a fine show. The Hydra
monster of your peers will be relentless in their pursuit of your demise.
I truly hope you can cut off enough heads.
Your program on the media didn't really look closely enough at the hard
fact that a lot of "ordinary" people totally mistrust you for the very
elitism you showed you love! We feel like we are completely left out.
You, because I include Frontline, in the media have too long decided for
us who were are to like, what we are to think, and how we are to feel
about an issue. If we happen to disagree, we are branded as "fanatics"
or "odd." However, to think as your media dictates is to be
"enlightened" and "progressive." The distrust of the public runs deeper
than you could ever imagine!
It is evident that "editorialists" like Roberts or Donaldson are puppets
to their own egos. As some once coined,, "Talking heads." They have
forgotten who they serve and sold their souls for "thirty pieces of
silver" and the chance to rub elbows with Pilate and the Roman cohort!
They think they are the news. And what is worse, that only what they
deem as news is news. Too bad Donaldson didn't jump.
So now immoral behavior, lying, greed, corruption in government are
excused if it is the "good old boy" who the media likes. Why? These
things should be exposed no matter who the person is and no matter the
political party. It is the media's job and duty (if they want to
continue to keep their free speech rights) to inform the public.
Instead, the media has taken on the role of molding the public debate
according to their ideals of how the world should run. REPORTING THE
NEWS is the job of a reporter. Period. It was laughable to hear Woodward
talk about not appearing on The McLoughlin Group (as if he was above the
fray) and then hear his evident biases!
Your show didn't go far enough. Next time come out here in the "real"
world (you know -- fly over country) and ask us what we think and why.
Your Frontline on the Press was terrific. Hopefully, it will help curb a growing and
onerous practice. As a retired labor and city hall reporter (Chicago Tribune) it is
disturbing to see this trend and the knee jerk protest to the thrust of Jim
Fallows'book and Jim Warren's persistent coverage of these abuses.However, I think
this practice is endemic to Washington and only involves a small but greedy
group.Why solely blame the reporters. It can be easily corrected by editors or
publishers, news directors or presidents of TV news divisions. Just say "no."
Arlington Heights, Il.
Perhaps your thoughtful piece tonight did shed light
on some of the reasons why some of the American press have
fallen into unprofessional practices.
The fact still remains, however, that the trivialization
of news presented, the sensational slant, the skewing of
actual events to suit the journalist's angle has become so
common that indeed yes, the American Public "hates" what the
press is leaning towards.
Congratulations, you have taken a timid step in the right
direction. We realize that the Washington press is a
propaganda machine and not the honest information
source that is necessary for good representative
government. Please continue to shine the light of truth on
this assault on our intelligence.
Colorado Springs, CO
As always, Frontline is entertaining, informative television. This program opened
my eyes regarding the extracurricular activities of members of the press. In
particular, I have held Cokie Roberts in very high esteem. Discovering that she is
so aggressively pursuing the big bucks of the lecture circuit gives me pause, to
say the least. I still respect her journalistic abilities, but she's definitely
off the pedestal!
Another comment: Have just read some of the press reviews
and they make a good point: there were virtually no "Americans"
interviewed on the program... perhaps this report was mistitled.
Still, keep up the good work.
Great program tonight. You have captured a number of the reasons why I hold the
news media in such disdain. The level of arrogance and hypocrisy that the likes of
Cokie Roberts exhibits is incredible. From watch dog to lap dog...I'm delighted
that Steve Roberts was fired at US NEWS. I chuckled at the crowd in San Diego
chanting for Sam Donaldson to jump! I may have to go out and subscribe to the new
Generally, I thought Frontline (Why America Hates the Press) was interesting.
I do think, however, that Frontline's emphasis was off. Sure we see the press
as "elite Washington insiders" but so what, everone lives somewhere. What you
didn't cover is how personal bias (personal philosophy) becomes engrained in a
reporter's work. It is reasonable to expect a conservative reporter will believe
certain explanations given by politicans over explanations that just don't make
sense to him or her. Also, Frontline didn't mention the stake each news
has in each story. The story has to attract viewers, readers, or listeners in
to survive. This is true for non-profit organizations too. You made no mention
of the fact that a story that has "juicy" aspects will attract more viewers than
a story full of sterile facts. That's just the way it is (usually) and we ought
not ignore it.
I didn't find Frontline particularly exempt from any of the biases I
mentioned above. It didn't seem to say much for the PBS public funding
status. I'm not convinced that I couldn't have gotten the same value reporting
from any of the other reputable media sources available.
Just saw your exellent show on the news media. This only confirmed for me what
I have thought for the last fifteen years, all of television and the media is to
be viewed as "entertainment". I have always wondered how some of these
reporters could keep a straight face during the news. At least Rush Limbaugh
and a few others who lean far in either direction make no bones about who they
support and which side their bread is buttered on.
Thank you for your show, "Why America Hates the Press". Your
show made me realize that news has, for the most part,
transformed itself into what should now be called "political
and current affairs entertainment". As your show demonstrated,
much of what the top journalists cover and talk about now is
not news, but entertainment -- mostly it seems for
What's more, your show has convinced me that while the news
media has been zealously focussed on Government Waste,
that it has almost completely ignored the subject of
corporate excess and waste. The money that corporations and
convention organizers pay to the "political entertainers"
profiled in your program comes out of the pockets of the
customers of these corporations, and is kept from the pockets
of employees and shareholders, where that money rightfully
should go. Customers appear to be getting gouged, while
employees and shareholders are being defrauded by such
wasteful corporate expenditures.
Just as you proposed, perhaps mostly by inference in your
program, that journalists should be perhaps held up to the
same degree of personal scrutiny and standards of integrity
as the politicians they cover, I think it is time that all
of us held corporate America to the same standards of
spending accountability as we hold our government. Just as
government officials can no longer lavish their lifestyles
at public expense the way they used to, I don't think we
should permit corporate executives to do the same anymore
at the expense of their firm's customers, employees and
Perhaps you could do a future program comparing corporate
and government waste. It think such an analysis could
prove to be very interesting!
Thank you for keeping your work, objectivity and integrity
to such high standards.
Thank you for a very disturbing and thought provoking look
at the very people I have looked to for information about
what is happening thousands of miles away in Washington.
But the question remains, how can the press get back in
touch with the us, the common people?
Yet again, this may be the wrong question. Rather, why do
we look to the pundits for ideas. We are the people. We are
not conservative nor liberal. We are real people with real
ideas about real problems. I am tired of seeing and hearing
cartoon representations of ideas that are dear to me on the
networks, even NPR and PBS.
I am no media hating reactionary, but I am disturbed by
I wonder if it not all an illusion. Perhaps the real news
happens right here, not thousands of miles away.