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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Reporters, Politicians Should Pay Attention To Opinions Of People

Commentary
By Scott McLean

Issues are discussed all over the planet. Everyone has an opinion, and most people wish their opinion would be factored in when government makes laws.

Unfortunately in America, at least, the debate usually has been portrayed as conservatives vs. liberals, when in fact most people are somewhere in between.

Journalists often write about the supporters and opponents of political issues as strongly "for" or "against", quoting vested interests.

Reporters interview politicians, party activists, lobbyists, nonprofit directors, labor union leaders, and business leaders.

Instead, reporters and politicians should pay attention to the diverse opinions of the citizens, with voters having real influence.

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