Does not follow
Re: Nolan Finley’s Feb. 27 column, “Keep Obama out of America’s newsrooms”: While I am staunch supporter of free speech, I don’t see why an unbiased study of how news is delivered, and why, is necessarily an attempt to squash free speech. My biggest problem is we already have a fairly good idea why Fox News and other media outlets pick their stories to promote their agendas. And on both sides, liberals and conservatives.
David McEntyre, Allegan
The rest of the story
What Nolan Finley won’t tell you, however, is that the vast majority of media is owned by six companies, and they hardly practice free market capitalism.
Karlheinz Groger, Highland
What's the real problem?
Any government interference with the press is unlikely to survive any amount of High Court scrutiny, even a court with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as members. All the same, it is impossible to dismiss the benefits to the public of someone, anyone, forcing media outlets like Fox News to actually deliver on its claim of being fair and balanced.
Michael Daisy, Wyandotte
The press ain't free
The press is owned by wealthy people who only want certain things to reach the public — and Finley’s version of reality is OK by them. Corporate media, corporate propaganda.
George Corsetti, Detroit
Re: David Shepardson’s Feb. 27 report, “Bob Corker: I’m ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ of the UAW”: So when President Barack Obama says that if you’re against the UAW, you favor German shareholders over American workers, that’s totally appropriate and not at all political outside influence — but you’re not allowed to weigh in on the other side of the issue?
Brendan Cotter, Grosse Pointe Park
From whence he came
Bob Corker’s constituents in Tennessee have a median wage just over $40,000 a year, and 17.7 percent of them are below the federal poverty line. Twenty-six percent of Tennessee’s children, 29 percent of its African-American population, 34 percent of its Latinos and 36 percent of its Native American residents live in poverty, while 11.3 percent are unemployed and a full 17 percent used SNAP benefits to get through the last year.
Phil Flynn, Wayne
How quickly things change
A few years ago, Bob Corker was quoted as saying that government should stay out of the market. Interesting change of heart.
Tony Adams, Norway
21st century union-busting
Unionization is between the worker, the manufacturer and the union. Whether or not the union is bringing more to the table is up to the workers to decide. I’m not pro-union, however the workers have a right to make up their minds. The politicians slammed Detroit and blamed all our ills on the union. Those are lies and mistruths. Any destruction of Detroit and Michigan were created by a myriad of events, not just the actions of unions. This smacks just short of the Ford Rouge Bridge union-busting.
Rich Johnston, Grosse Pointe Woods