BOB GARFIELD: And now for a few of your letters. Dan Helzer wrote in to thank us for our piece examining what seemed like the media's passivity during a recent White House news conference. "Unfortunately," he writes, "as the war heats up, we can expect more instances of sycophantasmagorical-- " (he asks us to excuse his purple neologism) -- "Media treatment of government officials and military representatives. I fear that no matter how insupportable their assertions, the White House press corps is not going to ask the obvious questions their audiences so strongly desire to have answered."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Dan Liechty of Normal, Illinois writes "What sad irony there is in hearing about the widowed Haitian radio director who shut down her station in the face of constant death threats and how other stations there have picked up the ball to make the silence of this absent station deafening. In the same program we hear about American White House reporters softballing Bush because there might be career blowback; how Norman Ornstein rules the rolodex world because he can be counted on to give predictable sound bites; and Steven Moss talking about 'opinions for hire.' Perhaps what we really need is for the journalism schools to shut down in New York and D.C. and to re-open shop in Port-au-Prince."
BOB GARFIELD:And finally this from Paul Palmera from Warwick, Rhode Island writing about a mistake that I made. He says "Bob Garfield's speaking metaphorically in his piece 'Rolodex Journalism' says that Norman Ornstein, an oft-quoted non-government source for reporters should be listed as O-Negative -- the universal donor. But in blood types it is O-Positive that is the universal donor. I enjoy your program on WRNI."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:And we enjoy your letters, so keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org and please don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name.
BOB GARFIELD: Coming up, for news junkies who still have questions about the war, some web sites that may have your answers.