Democratic and Republican Subsistence views side by side
The Media Research Center of Alaska, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to ethics in the media, applauds the Anchorage Daily News for providing its readership with the opportunity to read the views of the Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor, side by side, addressing ONE issue – Subsistence (Opinions Section, 10/17/2002, “PointCounterPoint”).Although it would have been beneficial to see articles by all of the candidates presenting his/her views on this one topic, at least two opposing candidates had equal space and location to take their stand.
Alaskans continue to be conflicted on this issue that has dropped back behind budget issues during this election season.However, it continues to be a real issue that will have to be resolved one way or another in order to unify Alaska.Having both articles stating the stand that
each candidate takes helps voters in their decision-making process.Thank you Anchorage Daily News!
This article is clear in laying out both the accusations and the defense in regard to Murkowski's role in Alaska National Bank of the North's handling of trust funds. It's credible to see a story that asserts claims by one side and equally speaks to them from the other side, providing the reader with a fair basis from which to make his/her own judgment.
A complaint was registered with the Media Research Center of Alaska that these radio stations were not responding to political candidates' requests for news coverage and/or advertising time. The MRCA contacted each and registered the complaints. We received immediate, positive responses with names and contact numbers as well as a statement of commitment to be
fair in their broadcast practices. Hooray!
Early in June, Don Hunter had written an article about Murkowski and Ulmer, stating,
both Ulmer and Murkowski face several opponents in their own party primaries on Aug. 27. However, both are considered strong candidates who are likely to face off in November.” This statement presented an opinion that doesn’t belong
in a news article.There is no place in a news article to pick candidates.In Don Hunter's article of July 17, he presents the same information in a balanced way: "The exchange of letters presumes Murkowski and Ulmer will win their party primaries and will be the principal candidates in the November election.
Left out of their talks are the nominees from the smaller political parties, not to mention the Democrat and Republican Party candidates each will face in the Aug. 27 primary." Thanks Mr. Hunter!
The Peninsula Clarion had posted a POLL on the homepage of their website asking viewers to vote on the following question: "If you had to vote today which Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor would you vote for?" Only three out of the five candidates were listed. A complaint was registered with this Organization. In turn, we contacted the Peninsula Clarion and explained the problem. They responded
immediately, acknowledging their inadvertent error, and corrected their homepage POLL. They also added that their POLL was reset due to an error. The Peninsula Clarion is to be commended for their quick action to correct an error. Good job!