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LETTERS

Free press established to serve governed, not governors

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Richard T. Cartwright

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Sunday, Nov. 25, the “Shoe” comics strip somewhat touched a nerve with me. In the first panel of this strip Cosmo Fishhawk implores a farmer’s attention by saying, “Pardon me, sir. I’m a (newspaper) reporter.” The farmer responds, “Great!” The farmer continues in panel two, “So we’re in the same business then, huh?” Cosmo responds, “We are?” In the final panel, the farmer answers, “This here’s (pointing to a tractor attachment) a manure spreader.” 

Well, the reason that bothered me is because too many ultra-conservative Republicans think that way about newspaper reporters, newspaper editors, and even newspaper carriers! Donald Trump and many Republicans have called (and continue to call) well- investigated newsprint journalism “fake news” and other names such as “Democratic propaganda,” “worthless lies,” and words synonymous with the word “manure.” I am sure that some Republicans dream about President Trump making a personal visit at their house! However, that would be a nightmare for me.

I confidently believe that our founding fathers gave the free press the protections it must have to fulfill its essential role in the representative form of government of the United States. In other words, the free press was established to serve the governed, not the governors. Furthermore, it is an outrage for a government leader to be malevolent; because when a tyrannical despot rules, the general public bemoans their oppression.

Richard T. Cartwright

Elizabeth City 

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