A reader comment with return address "Larry Kirkland" about health care:
Jay, I see the results of the question on how people feel about the latest
health care reform package indicated the less than 7% of respondents LOVE IT
only 16% think it is BETTER THAN NOTHING.....while over 76% HATE IT. These
from right here in River City (liberal heaven minnesota), seem to be right
line with most national surveys I have seen as to what % of people like
From everything I have read in the PB prior to and after the vote, I think
would be 'fair' to say, THE PB LOVES IT !!! and has done their very best
help SELL it...over and over again.....article after article after
slant after slant.
Do you really think you are serving your readership (at least 76% of them
well by so flagrantly representing the positions that you (PB; editors & ???
owners ??? & who else????) so obviously have taken on this issue? I always
thought a newpaper was intended to (at least somewhat) represent the
community it serves...........maybe not?
Obviously I disagree...this reader or any other is welcome to go through our coverage of the health care reform epic and show me examples of bias. Even in the P-B editorials, I believe they're been less than wildly enthusiastic.
Also, there's no statistical value in the online reader surveys...and to say that we represent the community we serve doesn't mean we endorse the political view of every reader, or that we tailor editorials to fit majority opinion. That would be fairly dull and pointless, wouldn't it?