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My first career was as a journalist, and I can say from that perspective that most 
newspaper wrriters are not out to sensationalize as has been suggested.  What often 
happens when a story gets an approach that is not balanced is that the writer 
didn't understand the background that he/she is covering, nor how that background 
has an effect upon the story.   The writer hears what is said, but has a 
preconceived idea of where the story is going.  This is not to excuse the 
situation, but it does happen.  We all have our biases no matter what field we work 
in.  If the paper is a good one, however, a follow-up story is generally printed 
with the slant being given a little more to the other side.  That way the balance 
is considered struck.   
  Kimbre Chapman
  Children's Librarian
  Caldwell Public Library
  Caldwell, ID

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