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posted: 10/18/2012 4:11 AM

No mention of PBS debate coverage

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No mention of PBS debate coverage

The day before the first presidential debate, I noticed that the Daily Herald did not mention PBS as one of the networks providing coverage. I don't understand this oversight. PBS' own Jim Lehrer was the moderator. You showed the other major networks in dark capital letters: CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.

The coverage that PBS provided was excellent, and following the debate there was well-considered commentary by Mark Shields and David Brooks and incisive questions from hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.

When Shields and Brooks provide commentary of current events at 6 p.m. each Friday on the PBS Newshour with host Judy Woodruff, you don't get a few short sound bites and good-by. They provide 10 to 12 minutes of congenial, back-and-forth knowledgeable beliefs about several topics.

I feel that people who do not turn to PBS for the debates as well as the PBS Newshour Monday to Friday and Chicago Tonight, also Monday to Friday, are missing out on valuable resources that can help them understand a lot of issues better.

Leona Grage

Wood Dale

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