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4. I will not vote for Lou Dobbs for president, if he ends up running. I might agree with some of his positions. But I think that as an anchor he should have covered the news straight, instead of using his nightly newscast as a bully pulpit.

5. Which reminds me, I may drop in on Fox News’s Glenn Beck (on the right) and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (on the left) for amusement now and then, but not for information.

I’ll stick with NPR  for radio and CNN for cable TV as reliable electronic purveyors of news. 

Also: a confession. Many years ago, when I was State Department spokesman, I once kept reporters from the then-fledgling CNN company off the plane on one of the secretary’s foreign trips. We could take only nine or 10 reporters on the plane and on that trip I put CBS, NBC, and ABC ahead of CNN. 

I reasoned that the newly launched CNN, brain-child of an eccentric millionaire, would never amount to much. How wrong I was. 

CNN went to court to try to get an order preventing the plane from leaving without its reporters. The judge agreed with me and we left on time. Of course today no president or secretary of State would dream of traveling without CNN. Belated apologies, CNN.  

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