by Nolan Guilbeau – Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
℅ Shawn Brasseaux
One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the maintaining of a free press for freedom of expression for all its citizens. Honest, unbiased journalists, reporters, and editors should stand firmly against the many “forces” that seek to suppress freedom and ultimately enslave its citizens. Likewise, citizens should applaud and salute those few remaining courageous individuals and editors who refuse to bow down before those who impose their authority on a free press. Freedoms of personal expression are fundamental “rights” guaranteed by our national Constitution. Subtly and surely, we the American citizens are being stripped of valuable freedoms.
Society itself is an indicator of an alarming increase of physical violence, destruction and also a clear pattern of continued departure from sound Biblical doctrines to the embracing of false religious theologies. So often when a clarion call with documentation is presented to the public in warning, a supposedly “responsible” media circumvents the efforts.
Granted, responsible journalism should make an effort to evaluate and verify the credibility of any statements presented before publication is authorized and, in fairness, should not be just summarily dismissed. However, the reality of journalism is that many reporters or editors are usually obvious supporters of the class of the powerful and influential and serving these interests. That may explain why recently local submitted letters to the editor are not published.
An example of self-censorship in the media takes place when editors modify opinions and fail to report the whole content or theme submitted, distorting the text. All these practices are demeaning, and they sometimes deprive the public of beneficial, valuable information.