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SINCLAIR RIGHT TO GIVE VETERANS A CHANCE TO AIR THEIR VIEWS

The Oct. 15 News editorial singling out Sinclair Broadcasting's decision to broadcast the John Kerry documentary as "blatant electioneering" by partisan Republicans is a little late in the game.

CBS's "60 Minutes" has been providing a forum for a parade of Bush-bashing authors for several months. Finally, on Sept. 8, Dan Rather used falsified documents in his now-famous attempt to discredit the president's service in the National Guard. This program seemed to dovetail nicely with the planned release of the Democratic Web movie "Fortunate Son," which was intended to embarrass Bush at the time he was addressing the National Guard Association. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, CBS executives and staff have given 98 percent of their political donations to Democrats.

Kerry's many statements against the war while many American servicemen were still in Vietnamese prisons are a matter of public record, but have been largely ignored in the media. Sinclair is merely offering these veterans an opportunity to set the record straight.

Malcolm Vanderburgh

Getzville