The Editor's Desk

By Whitaker, Mark | Newsweek, January 19, 2004 | Go to article overview

The Editor's Desk


Whitaker, Mark, Newsweek


Byline: Mark Whitaker

We love getting reader mail here at NEWSWEEK: I try to look at all the correspondence that comes to me directly, and our Letters Department sends me a weekly report on all the rest. And while most of the mail we've received in recent months has been the usual lively mix of praise, criticism and commentary, I've been struck by an uptick in the number of readers accusing us of political bias. When we did recent covers on Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, for example, I got a number of letters asking whether we had a liberal agenda. When we reported on some of the negative side-effects of excessive litigation, we heard from hundreds of trial lawyers (as a profession the largest contributors to the Democratic Party) who accused us of siding with the insurance industry. And last week, when we ran a cover story called "Doubts About Dean," some of his supporters contacted me to question whether we were put up to it by his Democratic foes, or even by the Bush administration.

Maybe it's just another sign of how polarized views of politics and the media have become these days, but I take all our letters seriously, so let me tell you what I wrote to some of these readers personally. …

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