The plans of Sinclair Broadcasting to show an anti–John Kerry documentary days before the November 2 election “demand restoring the personal attack rule and the Fairness Doctrine,” urged Gloria Tristani, a former Federal Communications Commission member who now directs the communications office of the United Church of Christ.
Democratic Party leaders have also urged the FCC to disallow the film, which some senators called a “blatantly partisan attack.” The 62-station television company, which planned to air Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, by conservative filmmaker Carlton Sherwood, posted a notice on its Web site before Columbus Day saying that the film is still undergoing editing and that the criticisms are premature.
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).