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In Defense of Reporters

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

In Defense of Reporters

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A HEADLINE--THE Blame Game Begins--in last week's issue aired more charges that the press had been biased during the recent campaign. This time it was from the Perot camp. We have said before that, with all three sides leveling the same charges against the press at different times, it ought to prove the press was pretty evenhanded in its treatment of the candidates.

Jim Squires, Perot's spokesman, asserted the press as a whole did not grasp the fact that "Perot was not so much a candidate as the leader of a crusade." If they were clairvoyant enough to read that into Perot's activities, which he didn't categorize in that way, isn't that asking newspeople to be advocates--something they are not supposed to be?

Now comes a survey of 1,400 journalists nationwide, paid for by the Freedom Forum, reporting that 44% of them say they identify themselves as Democrats, 16% say they are Republicans and 34% see themselves as politically independent. News stories about the survey inevitably noted the charges of news media critics who say that affects the fairness of news coverage. …

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