This past Sunday, front and center, was a puff-piece for “Yes! on 18-104” — the current Fire District 1 bond measure. If you read the piece you would be left with any wonder that a sane person would be opposed to this wonderful spend of tax payer dollars or that there was anyone opposed to the bond measure.
This is the socialist-left at full-speed. There is not a recent tax measure that these editors have opposed or have given fair and balanced coverage. The editors at the Herald and News are pro-tax-and-spend socialists and use the paper’s power and influence to effect the thinking of people in the Basin — and it has been working for quite some time now.
To be clear, my particular issue is not that the Herald and News took a position on this ballot measure. Newspapers have a tradition of taking sides on all sorts of political issues. Where their wrong-doing takes place is that they did this as a news story, on the front page. This entire piece is Pro-18-104, and belongs in the editorial section of the paper. A real journalistic effort would have been to split the front page in half, with one side reporting on those in favor (in this case the Fire District) and the other side reporting on those against (anyone from the Klamath Patriots Conservative PAC).
But while the editors at the Herald and News feign to be true to journalistic standards, they are instead loyal to their particular left-wing agenda. Their views color what and how they cover as news. In this case only one side was presented as “news” on Sunday. In their world, the other side does not exist. That is not news. That is a left-wing agenda, disguised as news. Sin by omission or sin by commission, is still sin.
If you currently subscribe to the Herald and News, let me offer you a challenge. Cancel your subscription today. Tell the Herald and News you are tired of left-wing agendaism. Site the paper’s slight of hand technique with Fire District's ballot measure in Sunday’s paper. Tell them you are tired of only one side of the story.
I can guarantee you two things will happen. First your blood pressure will lower. You will find you do far better each day without the crisis-style reporting of the Herald and News in your face every morning. Second, if enough of us cancel and for the reasons stated above, we may apply enough pressure to send their current editors packing, hopefully to be replace with a more fair and balanced editorial staff. We seek an editorial staff that seeks truth above a particular agenda, when it comes to reporting news or writing an editoral.
After one month if you find you can’t live without the drivel coming from up on high, then re-subscribe. By then you will probably be invited to do so and get a much better deal than you currently pay today. Unless we hurt the Herald and News where it counts most (their pocket book/subscribers) they will never change their ways and continue to mislead the public, pretending to be journalists. Without subscriptions they can not sell advertisements, and without advertisers they will cease to exist.