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CONGRESS: Don’t give politicians a podium

Letter by G. Owen Ray, Allyn on Jan. 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm with No Comments »
January 14, 2013 1:20 pm

I believe this may work as a proposed solution to the bickering that’s made our congressional representatives dysfunctional.

Let’s discontinue all media coverage requested or provided (news conference, press releases and personal interviews) outside the official chambers of Congress. Let’s force our elected representatives to compete on the floor with head-to-head debates on the issues.

Let’s make the media coverage dependent on what’s said on the Congressional Record instead of prepared public relations monologues that allow self-serving quotes without redirect.

I can’t begin to tell you how solicitous our media have become to curry favor with politicians who can give them headline quotes just to beat the competition, and to hell with the public’s interest.

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