Jun 17, 2019
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Letter to the editor: Lies are told, fact is printed

A statesman once expressed, ” … to announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public … ”

The man who spoke those words was Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the U.S.

It is within that quotation that we all possess our august freedom of speaking without fear of detention, and for some, the freedom to courageously pursue journalistic interests that must be reported on.

Now, to those majoring in journalism in an age where a megalomaniacal elected official and his appointed administration can repulsively discredit the truthful investigations of objective reporting, we implore you not to succumb to such words of negativity and to not be strong-armed into wearing their myopic lenses.

Kindly cast their one-size-fits-all version of wearable red herrings into their brimming receptacle of red tape.

It is unethical to extraordinarily create news for the bombastic few (the sitting president), as real stories from ordinary people (99.99 percent of humanity) instill hope, change and civility.

Moreover, the need to sift the mechanisms of those sowing many apocryphal ideals, along with those rare authentic interests, must be brought forthwith before aggressive fallacies break the earth.

If the delusion has been taken ground deep, expose it for what it is — lies. Then keep excavating and get to the hardpan of the story.

It is then that truth will be found.

That is what news is — and freedom of the press.

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