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Special interests seem to have too much power

On Nov. 28, “NBC Nightly News” ran a story about the oil boom: how it was bringing prosperity, providing energy independence and lowering the cost of gasoline. The story was immediately followed by a commercial for Exxon Mobil touting how the oil and gas industries are enriching our lives. It was obvious that we watched two commercials back to back. I hope it isn’t the case that Exxon Mobil agreed to buy commercial time if NBC ran a favorable story on the industry. This is happening more often as some national and local TV “news” stories seem to be bought and paid for by special interests.

Neil Yerkey

Williamsville