While we live in a world of mass communication that reaches new dimensions almost daily, we have parallel to that the dissemination of bad information as well.
Some of it is the result of intentional misinformation in an effort to sway reactions. Some is out of ignorance. Some comes by way of the “they say” syndrome and is perpetuated by people who apparently are allergic to research or maybe they are just downright lazy. It seems some stand on the corner to jump on the “they say” bandwagon as it passes by.
That said, the following came into our Rants and Raves reservoir today:
“The world is truly upside down. A common street thug is shot and it makes national front page news but an American military general is murdered and there is little to no mention of it. News bias is alive and well even in Moultrie. I guess liberalism cuts deep and to the core. Shame on you Mr. Editor.”
Well, to the purveyor of this opinion, we respect your right to have an opinion and to express it. However, we reserve the right to set the record straight when that expression is so obtuse and incorrect as it relates to our community newspaper.
If you will refer to the front page of The Moultrie Observer on Aug. 6, you will see the story about the general being killed. He was killed on Aug. 5. Being that we are a morning newspaper, Aug. 6 was the earliest we could print it.
As for your position that The Moultrie Observer has a liberal bias, you will find that the opinion page carries both conservative and liberal columnists as balanced as possible. You might want to research that. As well, we attempt to show a sampling of a broad array of ideas in our Rants and Raves column that may or may not meet “conservative” or “liberal” definitions.
As for the Ferguson, Mo., story to which you apparently refer, columnists on this page have offered opinions that include what might be considered conservative and liberal stances. However, we are a local newspaper and we personally covered neither the general’s slaying nor the Ferguson issue. No doubt the Ferguson story has been covered heavier at the national level. And should there be new developments in the story of the general by the Associated Press, I’m sure we can update those reports as well.
But meanwhile, we will defend your right to speak up and freely.