BROOKE GLADSTONE: And now we'll read some of your letters. First this from Rita Whalen, from Santa Rosa, California in response to our discussion of the early coverage of the Enron story. Ms. Whalen writes: I find it disheartening to hear that news editors don't think the story has staying power because there is no scandal. The intertwining of political contributions and political decisions could lead a thinking person into concluding there was a quid pro quo. If news editors don't find that possibility worth exploring, maybe they shouldn't be news editors. With their emphasis on scandal as opposed to news, they should be editors of the society page.
BOB GARFIELD:Scott Knowles wrote this in response to Mike Pesca's look back on the record scratch. The piece was excellent, he writes, but forgot the one record sound that's been lost from the media over the years -- the thump-a-dump when the needle reaches the end of the record and stays there over and over -- thump-a-dump, thump-a-dump, round and round while the camera faded away. Ah the sex and romance that sound suggested.
BROOKE GLADSTONE:And a Mr. George Purvis writes in to say thank you. What I like best about your show is the fact that your show exists. Freedom of the press is inseparable from the other side of the coin -- of justice and law, and I must admit, he adds, my main personal rather than responsible-citizen reason for listening is for the one-of-a-kind freedom of speech humor and quick wit of Mr. Garfield and blah, blah, blah along those lines.
BOB GARFIELD:I thank you and so would Brooke thank you if you [LAUGHS] had been complimenting her -- but you didn't, it was, was about me. Thanks for your letters. Keep them coming into email@example.com and please don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC]