Mr. Van Amberg is partially correct to be upset with the apparent liberal bias of DHC, but he is sort of shooting at the messenger (Mailbag, Jan. 19).
Local newspapers depend on outside organizations as sources for out-of-town news. Not so long ago there were several from which to contract for this service. However, partially do to the effect of TV news requirements, a near monopoly for print news was acquired by Associated Press (AP): not good. And, if I am not mistaken, an AP service contract requires printing supplied articles in entirety, no extracting the actual news bites. You get what AP editors approve or nothing.
Another unfortunate effect of TV on journalism has been the inclusion of reporter's name. Hey, a Pulitzer might result if enough speculation, editorializing and opinion are included! Thus, "news articles" now consume many column inches, require much searching for the who, what, where and when and are liberally fleshed out with "background" selected by the authors.
Go ahead. Compare authored "Associated Press" articles with the plain "AP" articles with news from, say, Coos Bay.
Albany (Jan. 21)
(Editor's note: Newspapers can edit AP stories as they see fit. Use of AP bylines are at the discretion of the newspapers.)