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Author: Mudster1 Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 766  
Subject: Stop editorializing in TMF Take Date: 3/19/2003 12:33 AM
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In today's TMF Take it said It's hard to understand why, after years of Saddam's resistance to disarmament, anyone would've thought this war could be avoided. Nevertheless, last night's presidential address put all doubts to rest.

I am certain that I am not the only PAYING member of TMF who finds this statement offensive. It dismisses the views of the millions of citizens of the USA and other countries who oppose war with Iraq.
I am paying to read financial news, not political opinions.
It does not matter to me whether I agree or disagree with the statement I quoted. What concerns me is that I have noticed a trend on TMF Take that I don't like. Little political statements are being slipped into the news, much like the annoying blonde woman on CNN who slips little pro-Bush policy comments in to market reports.
I think this is inappropriate. If the author want to express his or her opinion about political issues, he/she should do it on a message board. Try Mish's Political Quagmire or someplace like that.

I'm sorry. I just have to vent about this. It makes me very angry. The remark may seem innocuous to many, but it is not. Millions will always wonder if this war could have been avoided. The author could simply have said that, given the president's speech, war is inevitable. Instead, the author chose to frame this idea with some support for the president's conclusion that war is the answer. This was unnecessary. The financial analysis that followed did not require this remark.

Please keep the editorializing about the war and other political issues that are not directly related to finance (e.g., recording stock options as compensation) in it's proper place. I'm not paying for Bush cheerleaders.

Respectfully,
Mudster
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