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President Reagan and the 'Iran Deception'

January 04, 1987

There was yet another of the long trail of whining letters (Dec. 27) about the liberal press and its unfairness to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and the Vietnam war effort, and so on. The right of conservatives to publish and write is protected by the Constitution, as is that of liberals, know-nothings, socialists, fascists and whiners.

The schools of journalism don't select students on the basis of their political views. Anyone, of any political persuasion (including whine-ism), can buy or start a publishing company, a magazine, a newspaper or a broadcasting company.

If reporters are liberal in their outlook it is not because of some sinister conspiracy. Perhaps conservative reporters, when they open their eyes and observe, become more liberal. Perhaps conservatives, for the most part, would rather whine about the bearers of bad news than admit that their knight in Teflon armor has made a mistake.

Thank God for a free press. Including conservatives.

PATRICK A. MAUER

Los Angeles

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