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If you do not understand the difference between the job of Brian Williams or Anderson Cooper, for example, and that of Maureen Dowd (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill Bennett... take your pick), how can you be able to analyze the news and make an intelligent judgment?


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[Editor’s note: Hershel wrote this essay several years ago. But it is still relevant today.]

I’d like to explain why I believe that so many people around the world are angry at the United States.... and in particular, President Bush. But I need to start with a personal observation.

I gotta’ shake my head when someone criticizes one of my essays for not being “fair and balanced.” Gees, what are they teaching kids today in school? If you do not understand the difference between the job of Brian Williams or Anderson Cooper, for example, and that of Maureen Dowd (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill Bennett... take your pick), how can you be able to analyze the news and make an intelligent judgment?

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls; the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” is supposed to objectively report the news. No opinion; just facts. You know; “fair and balanced.”

Maureen Dowd is paid by the New York Times to express an opinion on social and political issues. An opinion, folks. That does not make her right, and certainly not “fair and balanced.” But that’s her job. When you read her column, you should be aware of her bias.

My essays on political and social issues are commentaries. They express my point of view. Unlike Al Franken’s nonsense, my essays are always based on facts, logic, and reason. But they are my opinions — my viewpoint; they carry a bias. They are not supposed to be “fair and balanced.”

Gees, how come people didn’t shout at Al Franken for not being “fair and balanced” in his book “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them”? (Actually, someone did; Al Franken defended himself by claiming that his book was satire; and, as such, he was under no obligation to be fair...

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