Point of View as Public Forum (12/22/09)
Last Monday, Point of View provided Senator Mitch McConnell the opportunity to do a guest editorial outlining his opinions on the subject of national health care. Soon after it aired we received numerous complaints criticizing us for allowing Point of View to be used for such a partisan message.
Had we given this time exclusively to Senator McConnell and refused to air any opposing opinion, these complaints would have been justified. But by now, many of you know that U.S. Representative John Yarmuth did a guest Point of View this Monday giving his take on the subject. You may have noticed it was quite a bit different than Mr. McConnell's. And as far as I'm concerned, this is the way Point of View is supposed to work.
Even though I'm the guy you see most often, this forum is open to anyone willing to express their thoughts on meaningful issues in a responsible manner. And I see no reason for "anyone" not to include people as well-informed on the various aspects of a subject as Mr. McConnell and Mr. Yarmuth are on health care. We're honored that people of their stature regard Point of View as an effective way of communicating their views, and I think our viewers benefit by hearing directly from them instead of having to rely on nothing but quick sound bites.
Which one is right? That's your call. But I think Point of View has served a valuable service by letting both sides make their case.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.