, Salem, MA


November 2, 2012

Benton: Race on the back burner


Most disturbing according to one panelist is the fact that “we’ve stopped listening to each other,” choosing to seek out and believe only those news sources whose biases match our own. And it’s not just a tea party phenomenon.

Indeed, John Hook, a news anchor for the local Fox affiliate, recounted being shocked during the 2004 Democratic convention in Boston when delegates were instructed to turn their heads toward his network’s booth in the Garden and boo the reporters assembled within. He said he immediately removed any identifying decals from his microphone and camera and, when asked who he was reporting for, replied simply, “a Phoenix TV station.”


My former colleagues at The Salem News made an excellent case this week for the re-election of Sen. Scott Brown and the election of Republican House candidate Tisei.

There’s no question that the Republican leadership in Congress bears much of the blame for the fact that today we find ourselves at the precipice of yet another fiscal cliff. It’s allowed the desire to unseat Barack Obama to take precedence over the compromises needed to produce a balanced economic policy.

But anyone who thinks Elizabeth Warren and Tierney would be less strident in opposing the policies of a President Romney is fooling themselves.


Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at

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