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Letter: The real problem is the press

‘Warrant articles aim to rid politics of corporate money” (Monitor front page, March 10) reported on the Coalition for Open Democracy which is similar to the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the Alliance for Democracy and other grassroots radical groups.

Every election year, these “activist” groups rear their ugly heads to promote their populist movement toward “local control.” It is difficult for anyone to argue with things like “democracy” and “local control,” but those broad terms are used by extreme groups employing a Trojan horse approach to gain power at the local level. The extremists are out in full force trying to undo the Citizens United decision by spreading misinformation about corporate money in politics. Unions and organizations backed by George Soros (Act Blue) are the top 15 campaign spenders to the tune of over $750,550,000 from 1989-2014. Contributors like the Koch Brothers in that same time period spent about $18 million.

The greater threat to our rights is more related to an irresponsible and slanted press. Newspapers like the Monitor continuously spill the politics of the staff into the news stories, placement of stories and photo placement. Moreover, the Monitor never pursues investigative journalism, investigating state waste, nepotism, etc., and it often fails to cover stories which are opposed to its politics. Network news outlets seldom tackle hard news and even ignore important stories like scandals in the Obama administration, reporting from a one-sided political perspective. Newspapers of record are very slanted as well, 90 percent leaning left. Perhaps those folks worried about our elections should focus on the responsibility of the press in a free society rather than corporations struggling to match union money.

BILL BUNKER

Barnstead

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