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This note almost might better be placed in the obituary section as it mourns the death of a once proud American tradition.

When many of us listen to the various newscasts on television or read the newspapers, we expect an accurate reporting of the facts at issue. We can then formulate in our minds our views on the issues and determine if there is anything else we need to do.

This is sadly not the norm in today’s reporting. It seems as though the reporter must bend or spin the facts to suit a particular view of his employers or even him/herself.

When one watches the major broadcast networks, one can easily tell what their political point of view is. Most defend the Obama and Democrat/liberal position shamelessly.

Items that would negatively portray this position receive very little time or print or is spun to a ridiculous degree. MSNBC and the New York Times seem almost to be the campaign propaganda wings for the president, Harry Reid, et al.

Fox News takes the opposite position. While the other media groups think the Dems can do no wrong, Fox’s personalities and coverage opine that the president and his party are guilty of gross incompetence and seem to do nothing right. I would suspect that the truth lies somewhere in between these two divergent views. These media groups are attempting to manage the news coverage to an extent where they would control our views, thoughts and even our votes.

I think this is shameful. Please, just tell us the details in an unbiased manner; give pros and cons as desired; but allow us to make our own decisions.

In the Northern New York section of the Sunday edition of the Watertown Daily Times, managing editor Perry White has an article that is blatantly biased. He is entitled to his views, but such views are opinions and they don’t belong in the Northern New York section of the paper. Please confine this type of commentary to the editorial page where they belong.

Biased reporting can be subtly done, and many don’t recognize it at first. But I’m sure that many more will come to recognize the fact that the media are trying to control our thoughts and votes and exert an uncommon power over our American way of life.

Joseph O. Perry


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