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Political Bias Seen, One Way or Another

Ideally, a newspaper's cartoonist would show some degree of nonpartisanship and address topics with an even hand. Not so in the case of Tom Toles. He wears his Democratic Party hat almost every time he picks up his pen.

Once in a while it would be nice to see him sling a little mud in the other direction, let's say, maybe one out of five cartoons, or would that result in his being drummed out of the party?

-- Jack McIntyre



As Deborah Howell, The Post's ombudsman, concluded in her Sept. 14 column, "Still, there's much reporting to be done before Election Day." Indeed.

The Post's coverage of Rep. Ron Paul's news conference last week touting third-party candidates' four-point policy statement was appalling. Instead of substance, you gave your readers Dana Milbank's failed attempt at "pig" humor ["Third-Party Candidates Choose Clown Makeup Over Pig Lipstick," Sept. 11]. I am sick of hearing about pigs.

Milbank did get one thing right when he wrote that "the two major parties were busy demonstrating why an alternative to Democrats and Republicans is so desperately needed." So why, exactly, did you not report details of the four-point policy statement? It spoke to important issues of foreign policy, civil liberties, national debt and corporate bailouts.

Also, it was suggested that the majority of the American people share the position of the third-party candidates on these vital issues. Do they? Why can't I read about that in your newspaper?

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