Misunderstood media

Posted Thursday, Aug. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I cannot let Vicki Tidwell’s letter go unchallenged (See: “Political agendas,” July 29). Both of her main points are completely off the mark.

First, if the media can make or break political careers, how do we have any politicians left?

The liberal media would’ve never allowed Reagan, the Bushes or Rick Perry to ascend. Likewise the conservative media such as Fox and National Review would’ve destroyed Obama’s career before it got out of the Senate. And on and on.

Second, she states that “What originated as a helpful form of delivering information to the masses has evolved into nothing more than catastrophic exploitation of the public’s trust.”

She obviously has done zero research into the history of journalism in English-speaking countries.

It was well into the 20th century before the news media stopped being openly partisan and biased. Throughout the 19th century, newspapers made no secret of, nor bones about, their political affiliations.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, but some things are just plain facts regardless of how ignorant we are of them.

— Eugene Chandler, Arlington

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