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HILL AND KNOWLTON SURVEY: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK MEDIA DOESN'T GIVE READERS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES

HILL AND KNOWLTON SURVEY: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK MEDIA DOESN'T
 GIVE READERS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES
 BUT MOST ALSO READ "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" REGULARLY
 NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Americans believe the media does not provide persons who think they have been unfairly treated in news reports with an adequate opportunity to tell their side of the story.
 A nationwide survey, taken for Hill and Knowlton, Inc., by The Wirthlin Group, found 54 percent of those surveyed holding that opinion about the media.
 Forty percent thought the media did offer ample opportunity for defense, while 6 percent had no opinion or didn't reply.
 The groups which said the media allows enough reply opportunity were people who classified themselves as "very liberal" in politics -- 62 percent; persons who called themselves moderate or liberal Republicans, 63 percent to 36 percent; and persons over age 65, 47 percent to 44 percent.
 The survey questioned 1,021 persons in all parts of the country between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5.
 The survey also found that 68 percent said they read the "Letters to the Editor" section regularly.
 The survey found "Letters" are read more frequently by people with higher education and higher incomes. It also found that "Letters" are read by 83 percent of persons who call themselves "very liberal" in politics against 67 to 72 percent for persons in all other liberal- conservative categories.
 Hill and Knowlton, based in New York, is a leading international public relations/public affairs counseling firm with 65 offices in 25 countries. Its parent company, WPP Group, plc, is one of the leading advertising and marketing services groups in the world.
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