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In mom’s era, the press was tough, balanced

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  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:55 am on Fri, Jul 12, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1602

    Talk is cheap. Care to provide an example or is this just the world according to Brian?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:31 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    I see more of how the Left Wing agenda molded how people perceived the Right Wing in Steve's letter than anything else. To this day, it's still the Left Wing that can't handle the fact that Conservatism is still the backbone of this country. Conservatives have mostly been the authors of long term solutions. All the while Liberals being mostly the authors of short term quick fixes that almost always end up creating long term problems.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Dr. Hansen gave up satire a long time ago when someone must have told him he was REALLY, REALLY bad at it - none of his columns were in the least bit humorous.

    Now he has taken up political and social issues and is espousing his right wing views on same.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:18 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    Where's the right wing talking points Ms. Bobin? Evidently you don't comprehend satire.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:47 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    This column is less about the press being fair and balanced back in mom's "good old days" than it is about Dr. Hansen's right wing agenda and the repetition of right wing talking points.

    I guess good old dad also must have refused to have a television in the house - the biggest up-and-coming means of reporting the news other than newspapers.

    No need for bias - the television made the Vietnam War the first to be beamed into livingrooms nightly and fueled public opposition.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:41 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865


    Absolutley. How could one possibly think the news wasn't fair and balanced back then when they were rarely given the other side of the story. They were more likely to take it at it's face value. Now things have changed and we get mutiple angles of a given story reported. Back it the good old days it was almost taboo to report multiple angles of a given story. The Walter Cronkites of the time wanted nothing of it. And, unfortunately, many people today still don't understand if the Fairness Doctrine gets re-enacted we'll have the censorship of the good old days all over again.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:27 am on Tue, Jul 9, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1602

    I get real tired of this good ol day’s mentality what about Randolph Hearst who used dirty tactics and flat out lies to sell papers. He plagiarized other papers and used his paper to influence politicians. Hearst was probably one of the biggest scoundrels ever to own a paper. Hearst died in 1951 so let's stop pretending everything was wholesome as apple pie way back then.


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