Media practices called disgustingClarence Page missed the...


March 04, 1997

Media practices called disgusting

Clarence Page missed the point in his Feb. 14 op-ed piece, "Goodby, Nellie Bly! Undercover is interred." Mr. Page extols the importance of undercover reporting and laments its anticipated demise following the Food Lion incident. Justice, however, was served in the case.

The verdict did not so much condemn a news gathering strategy as it made a statement about the purpose of the fraud.

Typical of the modern media practices, the incident was a mean-spirited attempt to nail somebody in the most sensational way, not for the public good but for the self-serving goal of improving network ratings (and profitability).

Television news is an oxymoron. For the sake of the democracy, individuals who get all their news from television should be prohibited from voting. Truth be told, newspapers are only marginally better.

The media argues that they give the public what it wants. Hooey! The media created this desire and they can change it.

I look back fondly on the reporters I grew up with, Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. I respected them. I trusted them. Few reporters today deserve such respect or trust.

Mr. Page, people do not hate the media, they are disgusted with it.

Thomas E. Dolan


Imagine clones of Cal Ripken

I read with great interest the very disturbing article in your newspaper about the successful cloning of a sheep. If tried on human beings, this procedure could certainly have devastating consequences on the future of mankind.

For example, just imagine cloning Cal Ripken nine times and fielding a team where everybody refuses to come out of the lineup.

Howard Cobry


Better marketing all tracks need

Imagine our loss if, 25 years ago, when baseball was at a low-point in attendance and revenue such as horse racing suffers today, the Orioles had insisted on slot machines at Memorial Stadium.

What horse-racing needs is not new gambling, but new marketing. I have a suspicion that a day at the races could be fun.

Someone ought to invite, welcome and convince me.

Jack Kammer


Letter writer accused of bias

Denis P. Casey of Salisbury (letter, Feb. 18) has had some legal or court business with watermen, which has caused him to judge all watermen by the few he has had negative dealings with. Does he label all brick layers, lawyers, salesmen or other occupations in the same way?

If Mr. Casey really knew the facts about how the fishery works, then he would recognize that Maryland's fishery is fair to all user groups.

It is the best plan in the country for managing a resource that ensures that neither group, commercial or recreational, would be able to overfish the resource ever again.

There is no need for propaganda that would take fishing away from any user group.

Larry Simms


The writer is president of the Maryland Watermen's Association.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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