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Leading up to yesterday’s election, KSL voiced its opinion on a number of ballot issues. Not everyone agreed with the positions we took. Some who objected even phoned or wrote to say they’ll never again watch or listen to KSL.

To them and all of you, let us repeat what we’ve said before. This station has broadcast regular editorials for 42 years. “Since editorials are, by definition, statements of opinion, it’s quite likely almost every listener has disagreed with at least one editorial. We understand the risk involved in broadcasting these opinions of KSL management. We understand we cannot please everyone. We understand some listeners may become angry on occasion. We may even lose a few listeners and viewers. But KSL management believes the risk would be much greater if we did not participate in the discussion of community issues, because our whole system is based on the open discussion of ideas and opinions. Our purpose is not to change anyone’s mind. Our purpose is simply to say: Here is an issue worth thinking about today. We have thought about it and have come to this conclusion. It’s important for you to think about it and come to your own conclusions.”*

Please know that KSL will continue to editorialize, and we’ll continue to welcome your responses whether they are complimentary or angry.

*See KSL Editorial, November 10, 1988

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