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Covering the ’92 Elections

The plan of some media to take a more active part in political campaigns is bad news. It portends more editorializing in what passes for news, and there is too much of that already.

It has become the vogue among the media to complain of political campaign tactics, particularly in presidential elections. But it is probably the results, not the tactics, that bother the media people, for if elections were determined by having them polled, we would have had Presidents McGovern, Mondale and Dukakis.

The Times is to be commended for its announced refusal to go along with the media political activists. Given the observed tendency to personal journalism, editorial vigilance is called for to prevent slanting of the news.

RICHARD A. PERKINS

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Los Angeles


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