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WEDNESDAY'S LETTERS: AG Firings Stories without Context?, 'Faggot' Letter-Writer, Outing and the Future

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

WEDNESDAY'S LETTERS: AG Firings Stories without Context?, 'Faggot' Letter-Writer, Outing and the Future

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In today's letters, a reader takes issue with coverage of firings by Attorney General Alberto Gonzoles, another thinks Steve Outing neglects some details in his view of the future of news consumption.

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Stories of Gonzoles Firings Without Context

Historians will decide where Alberto R. Gonzales ranks among America's Attorney Generals. However, I am dismayed at the absence of historical context in the current coverage regarding his recent firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. The firings of U.S. Attorneys is hardly a new development, nor is the role of politics in such actions. One recent example came in 1993 when just-inaugurated President Clinton asked for the resignations of all 94 U.S. Attorneys in what amounted to a politically driven clearing of appointees from the previous 12 years of Republican adminstrations. He received resignations from 93. As we struggle to retain readers, context is a critical element is helping people gauge just how big of a deal a story is from a historical perspective. Steve FountainHonesdale, Pa.

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More Appreciation for Steve Outing

Very much enjoyed Steve's article on "Where News Consumption is Headed" but I think there is more to the story.

With the advent of television, there should have been the total demise of both radio and print journalism. It didn't happen.

Radio has succeeded at attracting younger listeners and talk radio shows are booming.

The baby boomers, raised on television are the same 55 and over demographics you are citing as the readership for daily papers.

Consider for a moment that the media as we know it will change dramatically in the next ten years.

Look at the boom and popularity in handheld devices. Will people tire of reading the news on their computer screens and laptops ... I think so.

The 3M Corporation is working on development of a portable device ... much like a magazine ... with a liquid crystal display. It could be rolled up and stuck in your back pocket. Your favorite news could be downloaded to the device every day.

Doesn't this seem similar to carrying your favorite magazine or paper to the local coffee shop? Look at how many papers are being read in Starbucks ... and how many copies they are selling of the New York Times. Are those only being sold to the 55 and over crowd?

To look at 20 year olds in their prime of life is not characteristic of their news habits for the future. During my 20's I don't recall most of my peers sitting down to read the daily paper . …

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