2018-08-24 / Letters

Well-sourced Facts Are Essential To Responsible Journalism

I want to compliment publisher Wes Maurer, Jr. for his stirring editorial asserting the responsibility of the free press to report the facts. In doing so he is joining other newspapers around the country asserting the essential role of journalism in our society. Most readers are wise to the public mockery of the press as “fake news,” recognizing an effort to divert attention from painful facts. The press is not intimidated, but of course that is not the point, which is to fool audiences.

When I worked for the Star Tribune in Minnesota in the 1990s, every fact published had to be supported. In my career there I recall publishing three mistakes, all corrected in the paper the next day when called to our attention. Well-sourced facts are the life-blood of responsible journalism, reporting falsehoods a cardinal sin.

James P. Lenfestey

Mackinac Island and Minneapolis

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