Shaming the Shameless

Memo to the networks: we’re smarter than you think we are.

The biggest scandal of Campaign 2004 is that al-Jazeera is broadcasting more live coverage of the political conventions to its audience in the Middle East than the major networks are broadcasting to the American people.

It is a sad state of affairs when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz could get major network airtime only if they were surfing on top of a beer truck cruising down a highway or having an insect-eating competition. They may want to address the American people in a policy speech, but the networks would rather show reruns of “Law & Order” and “CSI.”

The networks should be ashamed and embarrassed; the public should be revolted and alarmed.

JEFF LAVINE

Rockville

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