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A much more thorough indictment can be found in Edith Efron’s 1971 book, “The News Twisters.” This book was a result of the contentious 1968 presidential campaign between Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon. The research focused on the three major TV networks at that time: ABC, CBS and NBC.

In reviewing the networks evening news broadcasts during the critical two months preceding the election, the research found stark evidence of media bias. For example, on support for the war effort (Vietnam), just five cases of support for the war and 69 cases against.

To bring this issue up to date, just read stories and count how often the conservative/right-wing view is characterized as such versus how often is the liberal/left-wing view. Count how often the words extreme and far right are used versus extreme and far left.

JAMES OGLESBY

Santa Rosa

A salute to Feinstein

EDITOR: I think Sen. Dianne Feinstein deserves a huge tip of the hat for standing up to the grandstanding by Republican Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham and their attempt to protect an inept president (“Feinstein releases text of dossier firm’s interview,” Wednesday). Shame on them, and way to go, Sen. Feinstein.

MICHEL MONAHAN

Santa Rosa

Republican stress

EDITOR: This is an open letter urging my fellow Democrats to please start showing a little consideration to our Republican neighbors. Recent letters from them indicate that they suffer great stress when we make fun of their leader, and one can only imagine the trauma they experience when each day’s paper contains letters from liberals.

I say this, admittedly, as one of the worst offenders. After all, the current scene is so rich with material. But my mother was right when she said, “It’s not nice to make fun of the afflicted.” And Wanda Sykes put it even more poignantly when she compared satirizing a previous Republican president to “booing at the Special Olympics.”

These are human beings, folks, and their whiny hypocrisy notwithstanding, we need to take the high road and stop fighting their manure spreading by piling on more manure.

If we do, maybe the letters column can go back to airing gripes about the increasing popularity of the SMART train, and our conservative friends can stop being afraid to open their papers in the morning.

DIMITRI PAVLOFF

Sebastopol

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