Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 15, 2004

After the many attacks on Bush, it's Kerry's turn

Hats off to Sinclair Broadcast Group ("Democrats ask FCC to review Sinclair program on Kerry," Oct. 14).

After Michael Moore's blatantly biased anti-Bush film and the discredited attack on President Bush's National Guard service by Dan Rather and CBS, it's Sen. John Kerry's turn for some criticism.

The major TV networks and newspaper conglomerates have been blatantly aiding Mr. Kerry by ignoring his post-Vietnam War activities and his Senate record on defense and intelligence.

By airing parts of the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, Sinclair will at least allow the American people to see the Mr. Kerry the Democratic Party, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc., don't want them to see.

Jay Davis

Churchville

Sinclair contaminates the electoral process

Sinclair Broadcast Group's demand that its 62 channels air an unfavorable program on Sen. John Kerry so near to the election goes beyond dirty politics ("Democrats ask FCC to review Sinclair program on Kerry," Oct. 14).

Sinclair is moving toward a heavy-handed and ruthless use of the media, which, together with the treatment of protesters at the Republican convention and Mr. Bush's penchant for handpicking his audiences, leaves me with the feeling that the United States is losing its once-cherished freedoms.

Dorian Borsella

Baltimore

Have democracy and TV journalism parted ways? Have ideological and radical forces taken over the airwaves to destroy any sanity in this process we call an election?

Sinclair Broadcasting Group's decision to run an anti-Kerry film without offering the public, which owns the airwaves, the rebuttal of a film such as Fahrenheit 9/11 is shameful.

Raymond Moreland

Frederick

No partisanship on public's airwaves

The Sun's support of Sinclair Broadcast Group's decision to air a 90-minute partisan infomercial just before the election shows profound ignorance of the company's history and the prior restraint doctrine ("Making the critics' case," editorial, Oct. 13).

Sinclair's stations are not cable networks; they use the public airwaves and therefore must serve the public interest in a nonpartisan fashion.

But Sinclair does not bother to hide its partisanship.

And this latest scandal is only one in a string of such incidents. A company owned by Sinclair's director provided free use of a helicopter to Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s gubernatorial campaign in 2002, and in April, Sinclair pre-empted Nightline's tribute to our fallen soldiers, apparently fearing that it might sour viewers on President Bush.

And the objections to the Sinclair Group showing an anti-Kerry documentary just before the election have nothing to do with prior restraint.

The government is not censoring this film - citizens are simply demanding that the government enforce federal election and communication law.

We don't want Republican news stations or Democratic news stations in this country. We want real news.

That's the real First Amendment issue at stake here, and I applaud the efforts to hold Sinclair's feet to the fire.

Stephanie Dray

Owings Mills

One-sided program isn't very edifying

If it is the intention of Sinclair Broadcast Group to educate the public by airing parts of the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal prior to the national election, then perhaps it should also broadcast Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 ("Making the critics' case," Oct. 13).

This would create an opportunity for the electorate to view both documentaries and decide for itself about their authenticity and impact.

In our current environment, the general public is held captive by often self-serving media, although the public has every right to expect unbiased and balanced reporting on the public airways.

Sinclair could do much to fulfill this expectation by declining to present a one-sided documentary.

Peggy Rightnour

Davidsonville

The Sun betrays a bias of its own

How deliciously ironic that The Sun's editorial staff has decided that it is in any position to critique the journalistic ethics of another media outlet - especially as that critique is based upon the "unabashed conservative tub-thumping" of the Sinclair Broadcast Group ("Making the critics' case," editorial, Oct. 13).

The Sun is, of course, unfailingly liberal in all of its political editorials and is increasingly biased in its reporting.

If The Sun truly is interested in journalistic ethics, then I suggest, "Physician, heal thyself."

Bill Eber

Upperco

President strikes out in series of debates

The debate playoffs are over, and former baseball team owner George W. Bush went 0-for-3 ("A last clash on jobs, taxes, health," Oct. 14).

He struck out, flailing wildly, in his first at-bat, then popped out twice.

In two weeks, we the umpires need to declare him the loser.

Fenwick Anderson

Takoma Park

John Kerry won once again Wednesday night.

He was clear, intelligent and cogent, and he made the most sense.

Jill Joyce

Millersville

Killing captive deer was cruel, useless

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