I consider myself to be a political moderate. Just as I do not believe that everyone holding conservative viewpoints is a wild-eyed, MAGA-hat wearing zealot intent on destroying democracy, I also do not believe that everyone holding liberal viewpoints is a crazed Communist intent on massive wealth redistribution and the destruction of our inner cities. My life experiences have shown me that those stark stereotypes are found, if anywhere, in the media, and very few people that I have known could be remotely defined by either of those caricatures. 

In order to better advise myself of the day’s events, every morning I visit the CNN, Fox, and BBC websites. I will not say that I read each story — I have trouble understanding why Britney Spears’ conservatorship should be relevant to me, for example — but I read many of the stories, and I always read all of the headlines. Often, the CNN and Fox sites seem to be describing two different worlds, as an issue that merits a top headline on one site won’t even be mentioned on the other. 

I raise that last point because I think many people seek out only the news presentations that reinforce their political beliefs. That limited approach to consuming the news inhibits a wider understanding of the issues of the day. As my father taught me long ago, you will learn much more by listening to those with whom you disagree than you ever will by listening to those with whom you agree.

Finding balance, then, takes some work. Unfortunately, Wednesday Journal does little to provide that balance. Each week, I find well-written, fact-based stories on the events transpiring in Oak Park and its environs, and I find Michael Romain’s thoughtful and thought-provoking (but decidedly left-of-center) column, and … nothing to balance that viewpoint. That’s ironic, because back in April, Mr. Romain quoted National Public Radio to the effect that an element of his new job as ombudsman is to “investigate complaints and concerns about … balance.” 

Consider this letter and expression of such a concern.

Tom Healey

Oak Park

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