Monday, October 07, 2002

Perhaps we should be worrying about our own treatment of the press.

DALLAS -- The parent company of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday accused House Majority Leader Dick Armey of retaliating against the newspaper for its coverage of his son's failed congressional run.

The newspaper reported in its Monday editions that Armey tried to have language inserted into a $10 billion military appropriations bill to force parent Belo Corp. to divest itself of one of its three Dallas media properties.

Dallas-based Belo owns The News, three other daily newspapers and 19 television stations across the country.

Telephone messages left with Armey's office and an assistant by The Associated Press were not immediately returned Sunday night. The Morning News said Armey did not respond to requests for comment.

The actual provision was not in the working draft, but could be added when the bill is finalized this week.