Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

The newspapers are worried about their credibility gap with the readers. In response they are going to have 'roundtable' discussion with them. I wonder if the problem could be the blatant bias and equivocating that has gone on? Sounds like a Post Modernist feel good response to me. "Why don't you find us credible?"

The Commercial Appeal is planning a roundtable discussion for Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Out topic is "Good News vs. Bad News: What is the Newspaper's Obligation?"

We picked that topic because one of the most common complaints we hear is this: "You always focus on the bad news, never the good news.''

Too much crime, too much destruction, too much news about graft and greed and corruption and problems. Not enough about happy outcomes, about people finding solutions to problems, not creating them.

But don't the readers understand? If we report such things then it will be tougher for us to support all the liberal causes that have no solution except more taxes.

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