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Jun 17, 2002  •  Post A Comment

“On the evening news shows, journalists now get six times as much airtime as candidates get when they are doing election news. Free airtime is the only way candidates [can] speak directly to the voters.”
Robert Lichter, president, Center for Media & Public Affairs, Washington
“We respectively disagree. Our role is to provide the information viewers need in context and without bias. We feel that extensive coverage of the candidates’ positions within our newscasts is the best way to meet that obligation.”
Marcellus Alexander, VP and general manager, KYW-TV (CBS)
“The answer depends on who you ask and what you’re trying to accomplish. NAB and broadcasters want to maintain the revenue bounty during election years. Who has the political will to break this issue through powerful interests and politicians?”
Shanan Delp, independent media analyst, Berkeley, Calif.