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‘Fifth column’


To the Editor:

The role of the media should not, must not, "make" the news. They should report what, where and when events have occurred and announce those events that are pending.

The sources of material presented as factual should be identified by name. Let the pundits wallow around on the editorial pages with contributions from unnamed "highly placed informants." A free press should not be a license to submit unfounded, slanted innuendos and blatant untruths.

It is obvious that some members of the Fourth Estate are joining a venal insurgent "fifth column." The inefficacy of the presidential election of 2000 should have alerted the Federal Elections Commission to alter the present voting procedure. The media skewed the results of that election.

Even now the "talking heads" are anxiously waiting to deliver the exit poll statistics that most certainly could sway the unsure voter.

In a previous letter to the editor a plan was detailed that might stunt the media's influence. Three eight-hour shifts of volunteers at each polling station would permit a 24-hour access to many more voters.

Furthermore, if the date were switched to the first weekend of November, all polls in each of the time zones could be opened and closed simultaneously. Detroit could open noon on Saturday and close noon Sunday. Chicago: 11 to 11. Denver: 10 to 10. San Francisco: 9 to 9. and Hawaii from 8 to 8. In addition, no results would be aired until all votes were tallied.

R.R. Royer, M.D.

Grosse Pointe Farms

R.R. Royer, M.D.
Grosse Pointe Farms
September 22, 2004

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