Public deserves candor

The best news reports are those delivered with candor and factual conversation. They do not, oftentimes, reflect in such a way as to cause favor with the entity that is being represented by the candor and factual conversation. It is, however, what the public likes and frankly, it’s what they deserve.

Our government should be more open, not less. It should be more conversational, not less. It should be more informational, not less.

President Abraham Lincoln was said, something to the effect, that Americans feel safer with more information. I concur. Too often, our government tries hard to manage the message. We should allow people to speak the way they do, and represent the government in so doing.  That way, we will get a clearer picture of what our government is doing for us. Not what our government wants us to think they are doing for us. Which, by the way, never works. Never.

The public, despite protestations to the contrary from highly educated and heavily-laden credentialed individuals, does know the difference between bull$#&% and the truth. They always have and they always will. No mistake about that.

 

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About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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