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Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Broadcaster Freedom Act

Allowing corporations to pollute, deceive and kill

Regarding freedom of speech, please be aware of the difference between the fairness doctrine and the new “Broadcaster Freedom Act” being sneaked into Washington, D.C.’s, Voting Rights bill. It’s very reminiscent of Hitler burning books.

Proponents of the act really want total control of all broadcasting. They now have 90 percent control. Please don’t let them slip this filthy thing past you. Especially now that our newspapers are in trouble.

We’re lucky here. The Times is an independent paper and still does a good job. But sadly, many people depend on broadcasting for their understanding of the world.

Our shortsighted, misguided friends on the right would like to control everything they ever see and hear.

I’m a nurse, and I’ve watched over the years as big drug companies have taken over what both the doctors and the public are allowed to know — what serves Big Pharma’s interests with absolutely zero regard for our health.

They have created an unholy alliance with big publishing and big broadcasting through their “advertising” (bribery) moneys.

Any big corporate industry will pollute, deceive and kill if we let them. Don’t let this so-called Broadcaster Freedom thing slip past you. Push back against it if you still can.

— Susan Liddell-Jones, Renton

Muddying the waters

Don’t muddy the waters; let’s not allow it. Voting rights should be for all Americans; broadcasting should be separate.

Let’s expose these tricksters! Put their name on the wall for all to see!

— Marc Carter, Issaquah

Lengthening one’s lifeline

Progressive radio is my lifeline. I work with children and need the opportunity to decide

what is true for me.

Talk-radio programs, such as “The Thom Hartmann Program,” are intelligent and help me to take part in what is left of our democracy.

— Jeanie Mandas-Huling, Fall City

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