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Paul Hauck: Hall, Mann right on the money

Amen and amen. Hall and Mann are right on the money in their criticism of American journalism in failing to provide the people with adequate information when opposing views are presented. Airing two conflicting opinions without critical assessment of each creates the impression that each is equally valid.

If I am remembering correctly, the author of “The News About the News” illustrated this best. To paraphrase, he said, “The state of current journalism is such that, if President Bush announced that the world was flat, the next day’s headline would read: ‘Shape of Earth in Doubt.’”

Without quality journalists’ research, we are at the mercy of those who would put forward any statement that served their own selfish interest regardless of its merit.

We have seen this happen too often in recent decades. Tobacco companies’ “institutes” obfuscating medical research to block action on incontrovertible findings that smoking causes lung cancer. Manufacturers of CFC’s attacking scientists who demonstrated the effect of these chemicals on the ozone layer. Now, it is the petroleum industry’s manufacture of doubt about climate change.

Americans are powerless to make good policy decisions in the absence of a corps of professional journalists capable of critical analysis.

Paul D. Hauck

Penn Valley

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