The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 17, 2014

All news media is bent

— Just in case you missed it the ABC News “brass” issued an order forbidding their reporters to wear lapel pin American flags or other patriotic insignia. Yes you read it right, as incomprehensible as it is you read it right. Their reasoning was that ABC should remain neutral about causes. I seem to remember Obama had a similar lapel pin idea once and was bombarded by the news media.

I can’t help but wonder what causes they have in mind. I guess it must be what we normally see in news reports; religion, immigration, evolution, global warming, politics, Muslims killing Muslims, the lack of civil rights in China and other countries, or what? I thought causes are what makes news and news reporting. Americans are an opinionated people. We have strong opinions on just about everything. If reporting is to be neutral it will be a wishy washy hum drum nothing that nobody will be interested in reading. All news media has a news bent; Fox news is the tea party darling and the New York Times is liberal.

I, for one, am embarrassed for the new Neutral Broadcasting Company and ashamed of the management for its lack of patriotism. They should no longer call the company ABC but change it to Neu. B.C.

I encourage all patriotic Americans to wear lapel pin American flags and not watch the Neutral Broadcasting Company programs, however it you are addicted to some soap operas at least boycott their sponsors and affiliates. Let them know how real Americans feel about our country.

Carlyle W. Westlund,


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