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Free Press – Fake News – Democracy!

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The Free Press is a cornerstone of Democracy. People have the need to know. Journalists have the right to tell. Finding the facts can be difficult. Reporting the story can be dangerous. Freedom includes the right to be outrageous. Responsibility includes the right to be fair. News is history in the making. Journalists provide the first draft of history. A Free Press, at its very best, reveals the Truth.” – Newseum

As we begin a new year, our Board and staff discussed the many challenges but also opportunities our nation faces. It was our opinion that before addressing these issues and sharing with you the various opinions on them, we first address the importance of a free press and the “fake” news epidemic that has permeated and destroyed honest factual debate and dialogue so necessary in a functioning Democracy and in the education of our citizens.

In our first editorial, we noted that in the absence of an informed electorate and a knowledgeable protected free press, politicians and special interest groups, have the freedom to emphasize the agenda of billionaires, promote “surround sound” misstatement of facts, or outright lies, and divide us along economic, racial and ethnic identity. Therefore, our latest posts are devoted to articles on the press, social media, “fake” news, and how to check the accuracy of articles that appear in cyberspace.

In future posts, we will focus on domestic and foreign relation issues. We would like to hear from you. We have outlined various issues and ask you to select what you think are the three most important.

What issues would you like to discuss?

  • News & civic literacy (19%, 13 Votes)
  • Racism & gender discrimination (18%, 12 Votes)
  • Health care legislation (15%, 10 Votes)
  • 21st century competitive edu system (13%, 9 Votes)
  • Global unrest, war, terrorism (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Econ dev in rural & urban areas (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Voting Rights (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Gun Violence (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Technology policy and disruption (6%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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