As The World This Weekend began its coverage of the upcoming election in Massachusetts for the senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy, I was pleasantly surprised to hear an interview with a Republican senator, Mel Martinez from Florida. Such people are rare orchids on the BBC. After interviewing him, however, Brian Hanrahan moved on to a voice from the Left, Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist independent from Vermont. Ah well, a voice from the American Right alone is a thing even rarer on the BBC, and such balance is always to be applauded - would that it always worked in the other direction, which it so very rarely does at the BBC. Then came a third interview, this time with Democrat Congressman Chris Van Hollen, thus restoring the BBC's natural tilt to the Liberal-Left. It just had to be that way, didn't it?
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