Rick Snedeker writes at Godzooks:

Are Community Newspapers Suppressing Liberal Opinion?

I recently wrote this op-ed piece below and submitted it to my state’s (South Dakota) two major dailies, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Rapid City Journal. Both, which have published my op-eds before, rejected this one without explanation, and one declined — twice — to even respond to my inquiry...

Not that I’m Leon Tolstoy and that everything I submit for publication should be embraced as golden, but I’m retired from a 40-year writing career in journalism and corporate public relations, so I’m not a rank amateur, either...

Throughout the nation, I fear, this kind of debate-stifling censorship of Democratic ideas is happening largely under the public radar at newspapers large and small, in cities and hamlets. Such views are allowed in brief, less-visible letters to the editor but not in much longer, more explanatory op-eds. The net result is that citizens are unwittingly trapped in a kind of limited-information bubble where the conservative newspapers (and probably local TV stations, too) — which is to say most — feed them primarily a diet of Republican-flavored opinion with their largely neutral, bread-and-butter news coverage. I doubt half the electorate or more even know about much less understand any of the reasoning behind Democratic opinions on the issues of the day.

Whither the Fairness Doctrine?

Back in the day, when the Fairness Doctrine reigned, it nudged TV and radio broadcasters to at least make a stab at consistently bringing a balance of opinion to their viewers. And newspaper op-ed pages seemed far more diverse marketplaces of ideas than they are now...

This matters, because the very concept of “truth” under the Trump administration is under assault from sea to shining sea... 

Take this disturbing exchange between anchor Chuck Todd and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on the Aug. 19 edition of “Meet the Press.”

Giuliani: “When you tell me that [Trump] should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, that’s so silly — because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth.”

Todd: Truth is truth.

Giuliani: “No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth. … truth is relative.

My question is, how will Americans learn the whole truth and not the “truth” if they routinely only get only half of it, or less?...

(Ellipses, except in Giuliani quote, and emphases mine.) 

Hit the link for the full article, including Mr. Snedeker's op-ed, "Silence from S.D. Delegation Deafening", chastising his state's Senators and Representative for their "bargain with the Devil" in saying nothing about the Trump's incessant displays of "dangerously un-American" behavior.

(Little and large: tabloid and tablet - photo by Matthew G at Flickr)

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