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November 3, 2012 

DAVID HEDENGREN, Richland

I think it is fine for newspapers to make endorsements of candidates for both political and non-political races if the endorsements are kept to the editorial page. However, too many newspapers allow their opinions to creep into their news sections. I believe that it is apparent that there is a liberal bias with many newspapers in this country. These biases are shown by the following:

-- Choosing what news is reported. For example, the minimal amount of coverage of the fiasco associated with the killing by "terrorists" of our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya is obvious. This story would, if covered thoroughly, reflect adversely on our liberal president and is therefore largely ignored by the liberal media.

-- Putting biased headlines on news articles. At the Al Smith charity banquet for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York both presidential candidates offered some comic relief. Romney said he had seen early reports from the dinner. He said, "Headline: 'Obama embraced by Catholics. Romney dines with rich people.' " The claim was validated by the laughter of the audience.

-- Not describing candidates accurately. Consider Romney's significant increase in the polls following the first debate between him and President Obama. Viewers of the debate saw him as intelligent, knowledgeable and compassionate not the selfish advocate for the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class as portrayed by the liberal media.

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