Times Steers Clear Of Fake News
By JOHN M. DERBY
October 26, 2017
If you are one of the subscribers to this newspaper, we
want you to know that we try to steer clear of any fake
We have never had to resort to fake news to sell our newspaper
in the 53 years under our ownership.
Still we have the support of many people in our town, some
in fact, who don’t agree with what we have to say
on our editorial page. However, our editorial page is for
opinion, and that is where we run material which can be
slanted in one direction or another.
We are not saying nothing has ever gotten into print which
was not true. One time we made the mistake of not double
checking an obituary on time, which turned out to be a practical
joke sent in by a friend. The man was very much alive at
the time, and didn’t think it was funny. (Sorry! We
have tried to be a lot more careful ever since.)
Some people have criticized us in the past, saying our news
is boring. And sometimes they are right! The town meetings
we attend are often boring, however, they deal with real
issues and real people.
Nothing fake about them, or the people who attend them.
Many of these people are the unsung heroes of our community,
volunteering to serve on committees and boards which keep
our town running. They don’t get a lot of money for
participating at these meetings.
Just ask your local mayor how much he makes.
And while you are at it, ask our reporters how much they
make for covering these meetings. Nobody on our staff is
paid enough, and most certainly you could not pay them to
generate fake news.
One of the missions of our newspaper is “report the
news, don’t make it.”
If the national news media had the same mission, we would
not have so much misinformation going on; and that goes
for the liberal as well as conservative media.
We know that our local news would not make headlines in
daily newspapers or on the web sites of Google, AOL and
Yahoo. This is not what we are here for.
We are here to tell you the stories of people in our local
schools and colleges, the coaches and the teachers. We are
here to tell you about the kids who are working on their
FFA projects, or winning writing contests.
We are here to tell you about the performing artists, and
what’s on in the local entertainment scene. We are
here to tell you about the street fairs, the farmers markets,
and the parades.
And all of our great pictures add to the color of our newspaper.
We are here to tell you about fundraisers, and the generous
givers who help to finance the many projects in our town,
like scholarships for students going to college.
We are here to honor the best of the best in our community.
The law enforcement officers who watch out for our safety
and first responders who are on call 24 hours a day.
We are here to print the positive news, as well as some
bad news. If it’s bad, well, we try to expand on,
or uncover solutions to make our community a better place.
And finally we are here because of your continued support,
year after year.
Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.