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Contact_FullName:

Missy

Email Address:

daveandmissy@matnet.com

Date of Publication:

Various

Name of Publication:

KTUU, Channel 2

Comment or Opinion:
I am not sure that your company deals with news broadcasts, however that is where I have seen recent bias. It seems that Channel 2 covers every ad against Fran providing the Dems with a free outlet to take issue with the ad. While I must say I am not fond of attack ads from either side, I have counted more anit-frank ad then anti-Fran. I have only seen on story mentioning anti-Frank ads the the coverage was very bias towards Fran Ulmer.

Contact_FullName:

Dean Clark

Email Address:

Guttermanak@aol.com

Date of Publication:

Twice Daily

Name of Publication:

KINY Radio

Comment or Opinion:

KINY Radio in Juneau plays a "Time Capsule" piece twice a day.  It's like a today in history.  The "fluff piece" has a definite left of center bias.  It would be great if a conservative organization had a data bank so we could give a conservative "today in history" or at least balanced. Thank you.

 

 


 

Contact_FullName:

Jed Whittaker

Email_Address:

jedidej@yahoo.com

Date_of_Publication:

08/21/02

Name_of_Publication:

KAKM

Comment or Opinion:
 
I intend to complain to the board of directors of KAKM today at 4 pm about the biased, unprepared, virtually worthless, in terms of informing the public to the real issues, and of ridiculing candidates that may or may not have a chance of winning Running series host Rhonda. I will request that she be replaced by a fairer moderator, someone who knows the questions to ask, Steve Himmel comes to mind.

 


Contact_FullName:

Alex Gimarc

Email_Address:

agimarc@alaska.net

Date_of_Publication:

08/13/02

Name_of_Publication:

Anchorage Daily News - article:  "National Forest Must be Saved," by Betsy Goll

Comment or Opinion:

Save The National Forests ? From What ?

Betsy Goll's call for saving the National Forests is the latest round in the Sierra Club's effort to bypass Congressional action, and lock up another 3 million acres here in Alaska as wilderness. They propose to do it via regulatory fiat, in clear violation of the Statehood Compact, ANILCA, the Wilderness Act, The National Forests Management Act, the Tongass Logging Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act.  It's not bad enough that Ms. Goll and her ilk want to bypass yet again informed legislative action, but her cry to save the National Forests is particularly misleading and obnoxious. Take a look at the National Forests that the environmentalists have recently "saved." So far this year, over 4 million acres in the Lower 48 have burned to a crisp, destroying billions of board feet of renewable resources, injecting untold millions of tons of carbon dioxide, soot, particulates, and acids into the clean air they claim to care so much about. They have managed to burn down hundreds of homes in Arizona and Colorado, kill firefighters, and lose two firefighting aircraft. Finally, how many of the environmentalists' precious endangered species, including rats, molds, spores, funguses, bugs, plants, weeds and other living things were incinerated because the National Forests were "saved" from logging ? If this is "saving" something they claim to love, I don't want to see what happens when they go after something they don't love. Ms. Goll takes great exception to the notion that there are 440,000 miles of logging roads in Western forests, with over $8.4 million in road maintenance backlog. Logging roads were a great way to create access into the forests without a cost to the feds. Logging roads also help make the forests accessible for those that are unable to move around by themselves, helping make the National Forests so logged accessible for the handicapped under the ADA.

Perhaps if the USFS had spent road maintenance money on road maintenance rather than using it to actively destroy roads during the last decade, there would be some money left over to maintain the remaining roads with. Perhaps if the environmentalists in the USFS were actually making forests available for logging rather than actively obstructing their congressional multi-use mandate, there would be some revenues available for new road construction and maintenance.  Congress created National Forests as multi-use areas, and logging is one of the most positive human activities within them. A decade ago, environmentalists conspired with the new Clinton/Gore administration to shut down all logging possible in Western forests. The vehicle of choice was a bogus claim of the "endangered" Spotted Owl, whose numbers were deliberately undercounted. With this excuse in hand, the Clinton administration and environmentalists in the Federal courts successfully shut down 90% of logging in Western National Forests in the early 1990s. Dire warnings of environmental disaster by conservatives like Representative Don Young were dismissed.  It's now a decade later, and what have we seen the last two years?  We have seen the worst two fire seasons in nearly a century. Why?  Because trees continue to grow, mature, die and rot. Undergrowth that would have been cleared during logging operations grows, matures, dies and rots. In the end, you have millions of acres of tinderbox waiting to explode into fire. And the fires do happen. The fires within National Forests are increasingly difficult to fight, because the logging shutdown has also eliminated construction of firebreaks, roads into the forests, and other forms of vehicular access.  When forests are properly managed, you have controllable fires - like we saw for nearly 70 years last century. When you substitute pseudo-religious environmental dogma for actual forestry, you sow the seeds of environmental disaster. It is no coincidence that the massive fires of the last two years have happened on the awfully mismanaged National Forests rather than the privately held and commercially logged forests.  We know how to manage forests. We as a nation did it quite well for over 2 generations until we embraced the feel-good, siren song of environmentalism. Commercial logging progresses quite well on privately held land with no appreciable environmental damage. Time to return to logging. Time to return to honorable management of the National Forests as multi-use areas. Time to reject the environmentalists' bogus science and dangerous management of public lands. Time to save the forests from the environmentalists.


Contact_FullName:

Mae

Email_Address:

mt@gci.net

Date_of_Publication:

07/09/02

Name_of_Publication:

Frontiersman

Comment or Opinion:

For those who may not watch The Frontiersman, be aware that this newspaper is solidly bias on issues connected with the IBEW and MEA (Matanuska Electric Assn). Over the years The Frontiersman makes headline stories about conflicts between the union and coop in favor of the IBEW. The latest came in the month of July. Their Tuesday, July 9th publication carried a front page headline "MEA loses $16 million" (a misleading statement in itself). The article was about the Governor's veto for funding projects out of the Railbelt Energy Fund, but making it sound as though MEA had not done a good job providing justification for the funds. A correct headline should have read "Governor Vetoes Capital Funding for MEA!" On the next Tuesday's edition, another article appeared, but on page A2, not a front page headliner, "IBEW Bad-faith Claims Dismissed". The article described a long-running dispute the union has had with MEA of implementing a bargaining proposal after a negotiations impasse was reached. Mae


Contact_FullName:

vinni

Email_Address:

vinni@yahoo.com

Comment or Opinion:

Thank you for providing an arena for Alaskan's to continue to express our opinions with each other!!


Contact_FullName:

Jay Page

Email_Address:

jaypage@gci.net

Date_of_Publication:

07/02

Name_of_Publication:

KTVA Ch. 11 News

Comment or Opinion:

I usually like the coverage KTVA Channel 11 News has provided. But, like many, during these summer months, I haven't been able to watch the nightly newscast on a regular basis.

So, imagine my shock a couple of weeks ago when I tuned in to the KTVA evening news and heard a lead story in which the anchor said that the United States forces in Afganistan DID bomb a wedding party in progress and very many fatalities occurred. That's a fact? KTVA knew without a doubt on this breaking story that U.S. Forces bombed a simple wedding party in progress? Unfortunately for KTVA, reporting the next few days brought into question what happened, and indeed, by many accounts, a wedding party was not bombed, but a terrorist get together.

I immediately E mailed KTVA upon seeing the broadcast, but have never received a response. That is infuriating. The media makes a major blunder by design or circumstance - and then they are too "proud" to admit to their monumental gaffe.

Jay Page

 


 

Contact_FullName:

       River Rat

Email_Address:

        andergov@nushtel.com

Date_of_Publication:

        06/28/02

Name_of_Publication:

        Anchorage Daily News

Comment_or_Opinion:

Candidates who are not in the 'major party', do not have a lot of money, or are not connected to the power brokers in Alaska, do not have a chance of getting any news coverage at the Anchorage Daily News.

News stories on the oil and gas pipeline have given only the views of Senator Murkowski, Knowles/Ulmer, the Voice of the Times, ADN reporters, the oil and gas industry, and other politicians that favor a Canadian/Alaska Highway gas line route.

I am opposed to the Knowles/Ulmer Canadian/Alaska Highway gas line route. I favor an All Alaskan gas line route because it is doable, gets our residents working sooner, fills our state treasury faster, and is the best route that will make it possible to get low cost energy to all of our Alaskan communities. 42,000 plus Alaskans who signed the All Alaska gas line petition can't be wrong.

This view is never mentioned and I am never called to give my opinion on why I believe the Canadian/Alaska Highway is wrong for Alaska. Today, there was a story by Liz Ruskin, ADN news reporter, who wrote about a proposed amendment to the federal welfare program by Senator Murkowski. I am a legitimate, officially recognized candidate for governor who LIVES in rural Alaska, and Ms. Ruskin did not see fit to get my views on what would be a devastating idea if it is passed by the US Senate.

This type of biased reporting cannot continue. If Alaska is to find its best and brightest who want to energize Alaska, energize our economy and energize our education system, they won't find it in the pages of the Anchorage Daily News. The 'gate keepers' make sure that divergent views are suppressed and not given any coverage at all.


 

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