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The Whole Story

To the Editor:

Kudos to Metroland for its coverage of all the candidates in the New York gubernatorial race [“If a Third Party Candidate Says Something in the Forest . . .,” Oct. 7; “Everyone Was Heard,” Newsfront, Oct. 21; and “Party of Seven?,” Comment, Oct. 21].

Far too often, papers ignore candidates not included in the Demo- publican duopoly, even when they provide real answers to dilemmas facing our state. In a healthy democracy, the role of the press is to function as the surrogate of the citizen, to investigate and inform regardless of who such reporting might offend. In the modern era, large news organizations become essentially mouthpieces of the government and the two corporate parties in exchange for influence and access. Indeed, after the gubernatorial debate, these so-called agenda setters ignored the very real proposals put forward by Mr. Hawkins to close our budget gap, such as the stock transfer tax, and to create jobs with that money via a large “green” public jobs program. They prefer to maintain access to the Republicans and Democrats, and so leave out alternatives

This election cycle, Metroland has helped keep the Capital District informed that yes, there were other candidates campaigning for governor, and that they should be taken just as seriously as Cuomo or Paladino. I hope Metroland maintains this position in the future, and covers equally all candidates and parties on the ballot. Making this a regular feature of news reporting, and not a novelty on the occasions an independent or non-corporate candidate is deemed to have something interested to say by the media, will help the public remain informed and help build our democracy from two parties with one agenda into a truly multi-party system with a well-informed and participatory electorate.

 

Peter LaVenia

Co-Chair, Green Party of New York State

Albany

Clarification

In our Oct. 14 Newsfront “Beating Bullies,” we neglected to properly credit Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson as a co-sponsor of the anti-discrimination forum at Skidmore College. Our apologies.

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