Letters to the Editor

Stredder letter: Fake news issue

About the fake news issue: I appreciate the opportunity to address this controversy based on personal experience. As a first year teacher, 22 years passed, like many teachers my initial assignment in a local high school came with an extra-curricular activity; mine was advising on the school newspaper and fortunately I benefited from experienced colleagues who shared survival skills based on the curriculum. My first lesson? “Students must know the fundamental difference between news, editorial and commentary.” My experts insisted, “The first thing students want to do is give their opinion; that’s too easy, and somebody has to write the news.” Historically, straight news is presented by the facts and respectable journalists will not color the news with biased word choice or modify the context in which facts are presented. It’s up to the reader to make judgments, not the journalist. That is what President Trump’s Fake News Award was all about. The art of journalism has lost its way. The media is no longer our country’s watch dog, keeping politics free from corruption. Too many journalists have been seduced by partisan politics, making their objectivity nonexistent. Consequently there are few left to write the truth.

Debra A. Stredder, Boise