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Letter to the Editor: Irresponsible Reporting in the Media


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By PATRICK N. SUNDSTROM
Emery

Dear Editor,

There are two things that make this the greatest nation in the history of the world. One is the people who make this country go forward and the other is our Constitution. Without the American people, the most decent and generous people on earth, our country would not function. And without our Constitution, our country and its people would be subjected to the rule of dictators such as Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin.

Our country has been structured under the Constitution to preserve and protect certain freedoms that are essential to maintaining a free and decent society. The most important of these are freedom of religion (not freedom from religion as a lot of liberals would like it to say), freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms. If any of these rights are stripped from us or abused to the point which people lose faith and understanding of their meanings, we will start down a slippery slope to destruction.

Since I was young, and more particularly over the last 12 years, I have watched the most powerful part of our national media slip so far to the left that they have totally lost any trace of objectivity whatsoever. And since the elections of President Bush they have gone completely over the edge. The mainstream press has been completely overcome with the obsession to destroy this good and decent man. The degree to which these people and the democrats have sickened me is almost indescribable. They care for nothing except the reacquisition of their power.

I have watched the steady stream of disinformation and complete lies about our president for the last three years. They have trotted out every partisan and propagandist they can find. People like Michael Moore (who was recently employed by USA Today), Richard Clark, and Kitty Kelly. People who can barely get their wild accusations out of their mouth before they are discredited.

An now, in the case of CBS, they have even promoted apparently false documents without even bothering to verify the authenticity of their sources. Whether this is an honest mistake, incompetence, or what, I believe it is a desperate attempt to harm this president by any means necessary, they have gone way too far and don't seem to care about the consequences.

The problem is the consequences go far beyond a presidential election. What really outrages me about CBS and the rest of the media elite is how they know the power they have over the news and they are abusing it to the point of complete lunacy. Reporters have but one true obligation, report the news. But these people think they should not only report the news, but they should also influence opinion. This is not only wrong, but very dangerous. When CBS and the mainstream media abuse the freedom they love to hide behind, they weaken the nations confidence in the press. Reporters should be held responsible and be discharged immediately.

I feel the best way to get our point across to those people is to simply stop watching them. I don't get my news from any of these people any more, I go to Fox news, talk radio, the internet and our local paper. They are the only sources I trust any more. CBS and their cohorts in the media must be held accountable for their bias and disingenuous reporting.


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