We are not the enemy

Posted 8/16/18

“They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

The above quote sounds like it might have come straight out of the mouth of a silver-tongued, Southern preacher in the middle of a hellfire and brimstone sermon, cautioning his flock to beware of those princes and principalities out there doing the work of the devil.

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We are not the enemy

Posted

“They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

 The above quote sounds like it might have come straight out of the mouth of a silver-tongued, Southern preacher in the middle of a hellfire and brimstone sermon, cautioning his flock to beware of those princes and principalities out there doing the work of the devil.

Unfortunately, that is not the context of the above quote at all. It is an actual tweet about the press sent out on Aug. 5 by the current president of the United States.

Phrases such as “the enemy of the American people” and “fake news” have become all to common in the last year or so.

We are not the enemy.

You will find NO fake news within the pages of the Daily Mountain Eagle, even though the publisher has hinted at a fake news day on April 1 in the past.

Verbal attacks, and some physical attacks, on the press happen all too often in our country these days. Journalists are simply trying to do a job. We are not trying to tear down our great nation. We are trying to strengthen it, because we believe in the foundational premise behind the First Amendment – that our nation is stronger if its people are informed.

In our own newspaper, that information often times is about local city councils and school boards. The information you read each day is on a county commission instead of the U.S. Congress, but that information is just as important as anything coming from Washington, D.C., as it relates to the lives of people living in Jasper and Walker County.

It is our belief that most of you reading these words believe in the importance of the press or you would not take the time each day to read our newspaper, our website or our social media pages. We thank you for that support.

Most of you understand that our reporters whose articles appear on our front page and throughout the remainder of our newspaper work extremely hard to present their work as unbiased. Most of you also understand that we do express our opinions on our editorial page, knowing that what you might read on that page could differ from your own opinion at times.

Even our editorial page is designed to allow discourse from all over the political spectrum - with columnists ranging from right to left, and letters to the editor from our readers on whatever topic they feel like bringing up at the time.

There are times when we may write articles that may make you uncomfortable. Things like a county in debt, an opioid crisis as bad as anywhere in the country or a variety of crime issues are never easy things for us to write about. We much prefer to tell the positive stories of the people who make Jasper and Walker County a better place for all of us. We also find much pride in telling the good things that are happening in our schools and on our athletic fields and courts.

We care about all of these issues, because this is our home as well. We are your neighbors. We are taxpayers who care about where our hard-earned dollars go. We worship beside you at church, and we volunteer beside you when a natural disaster hits. We hate school traffic on Viking Drive as well, because we get stuck in it every day taking our kids to school.

We will repeat it again.

We are not the enemy of the people. We work for the people to hold others accountable and to tell the story of our community. And we love doing it.

 

— Daily Mountain Eagle