Michael K., I really enjoyed reading your message on the role of the reporter. You said, among other things, the following: "We (journalists) are simply here to educate and inform. We do our jobs and duties of reporting daily events to the mass public solely to inform...it is not our role to persuade anyone...we have no right to do so." That's good stuff, but it does require a bit of qualification, I think. You're talking here for only a limited number of journalists, those that report the news. There are others who offer an editorial function. They have every right to try to persuade one to vote for Clinton or Bush, for example. They have every right to praise or condemn Clinton's economic plan, persuading us to support or oppose the program. I think what you really mean is that journalists have no right to persuade subtly under the guise of reporting the news. They have no right to present an unfair account which will tend to advocate one position over another. Even here, though, we must recognize this, I think: journalists DO have a legal right to report one-sided and imbalanced pieces that will tend to advocate. What they don't have is the MORAL right to do so. In any case, I think you are very largely right in saying that journalists should report rather than persuade. Ernie.