I believe we could get more accurate news from the Cartoon Network than major news outlets. News should be fact based, not news in which facts are omitted, fabricated, exaggerated, or biased. Called fake or counterfeit news, they are close cousins of propaganda and “yellow journalism". Journalists don’t have a license to makeup, alter or interject opinion. If you have an opinion, place it in "letters to the editor" and include your name and city of residence like we do. When asked to substantiate your reports, you refuse, claiming protections under the First Amendment. How are we to believe a word you say? Most journalists have not spent one day in a school of journalism, had they, they were absent during the class on ethics. Anyone can claim to be a journalist, just look at the internet or the MSNBC, ABC, NBC , The New York times and the Associated Press etc... Remember, a good lie is one that contains just enough truth to make it sound credible, like telling a good joke or doing standup comedy. I once took a class called “The Legal Aspects of Journalism". My instructor, a journalist and lawyer, explained when he presented a story to his editor, he was required to have three, verifiable sources. Only then would he consider it fit to print. That standard no longer exists. A couple of the subjects he covered were slander and libel and the difference between the two. He explained that the best defense against charges of slander or libel was the TRUTH. You want to get TRUTH back in reporting, start suing the charlatans writing counterfeit news, slandering and libeling anyone with whom they disagree.

 

Frank Hamrah

Yuba City, Ca.

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