Dear Ms. Roesgen:
It is possible that you will never read this e-mail. And in my humble opinion, that’s too bad. Because, I, too, am involved in news reporting, although not in a formal, salaried position, such as yours.
I attended a tea party in Naples, FL on April 15. Why? Because I am concerned about many aspects of what is occurring in this country. And I wanted to be part of something positive. From what I could see, people who attended did just that. They voiced their concerns, fears and uncertainty about where this country is going.
We were not right wing extremists; we were not far right-wingers (I’m actually a registered Democrat and have been so for 40 plus years). But, I still question the government – Republican and Democrat – because they need to be monitored. It’s not my right, but rather my responsibility. Just because the government or the news media (CNN, NBC or Fox) says something does not mean that I must believe it (at least not until the Ministry of Truth is officially installed in Washington).
But you (and others in the mainstream media) have orchestrated a reporting bias that has destroyed what the media should be doing. You and many of your counterparts did this in the recent presidential election process, with climate change, and other hot button issues. Now you are doing it with our tea parties. You should be the governmental watchdog. Instead you are its pet. You should be the honest source of information. Instead you have an agenda. You should tell the truth. Instead you spin information to satisfy your or someone else’s unwritten goals.
Your report the other day, involving the concerned father and the peaceful crowd behind him, made me sad to call you part of the industry that folks such as Ernie Pyle raised to high standards. What you did was NOT news, it was commentary presented as news.
If we, the people, want to urge governmental officials to resign for malpractice and malfeasance, I believe we have the right to ask you to do the same. I am doing that via this letter.
Regardless, if perchance you do read this, please note that I would be willing to discuss this matter personally and professionally with you or others at CNN at any time. I would even travel to Atlanta or Chicago (your operational base) at my own expense to do this.
Thank you for listening.
H. Michael “Mike” Mogil
P.S. This letter was e-mailed to Ms. Roesgen (email@example.com) and her boss, Mr. Phil Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org) at CNN on April 17, 2009.