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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The War on Error II

Knight Ridder reporters Ron Hutcheson and James Kuhnhenn try to do the right thing with this detailed comparison of the Bush and Kerry healthcare plans, by providing hard facts to contextualize campaign assertions, rather than the usual duelling claims and counter-claims that constitute the bulk of campaign coverage we are seeing lately.

However, as CJR notes when the story actually ran in many of K-R's 31 papers around the nation, readers did not always see the full version. Various levels of editorial wisdom chopped the story, ran it online but not in their print versions, or ran it not at all. These editors need to understand that voters are the poorer when the press fails to do its job.

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