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We must be better than mudslinging and propaganda


Ryan Stagg, of the Bozeman, Montana’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle, you are my hero. 

The New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and many other long-established “newspapers” have called for a return to ‘good journalism’, but remain strongly biased in their reporting, their editorials are blatant smear jobs, beginning with their headlines, and continuing through to the very last word of what is supposed to pass for “good journalism”.   It is not. 

We are still being pummeled by outrageous claims based on false assumptions and stupid suggestions. Our nation has never been filled with such hatred for the truth, such neglect for properly informing the vast majority of Americans, and such utter irresponsibility and promulgation of such absolute horse ca-ca that we risk a generation of voters believing that aliens from another planet have inhabited the offices filled with what used to be called journalists.  

This short article does not espouse for or against any particular platform, does not speak out for or against our President, and does not fling anything at any person, party, or organization. 

Instead, he calls for voters to take responsibility for educating themselves as to the issues at hand. He recommends “reliable and unbiased” sources. 

If we fail to do this, can we justify even having political arguments? Or are we destined to reflect the media, absorbing and repeating only the negative (and oftentimes false) information expressed in campaign ads?

Look to Bozeman, Montana, ladies and gentleman. Ryan Stagg gets it and he is suggesting a viable path ahead for “we the people”.  

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We must be better than mudslinging and propaganda

By Ryan Stagg

18 hrs ago

Last year’s turbulent election season made it quite clear that American media and politics have become increasingly divided between two political camps. Bozeman is no exception, as our wonderful town is fraught with the same political division that only serves to weaken our community and sow distrust between its members.

Many believe that frustrating political arguments tend to be between people who aren’t necessarily well educated on the subject at hand, especially involving social media. There seems to be a lack of substance to their arguments and an abundance of personal insults that have nothing to do with politics. Most of us see no end in sight for these trivial debates. The question is, how can we take action to resolve this issue of reckless conflict?

We, as voters, must take an active role by educating ourselves on the belief systems and proposed policies of candidates running for office. We must visit candidates’ campaign websites, listen to their speeches and tune in to their debates. Furthermore, we must look to reliable and unbiased sources in order to gather accurate information about the issues our candidates promote. If we fail to do this, can we justify even having political arguments? Or are we destined to reflect the media, absorbing and repeating only the negative (and oftentimes false) information expressed in campaign ads?

I believe that we are capable of more than that. We are Bozemanites. We take pride in our city and its people, and we must all work together to create a town that fosters respectful and educated debate. Until then our only political future is a bleak one; one where politics is dominated by mindless mudslinging and deceitful propaganda.

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/we-must-be-better-than-mudslinging-and-propaganda/article_256c7378-f92b-568d-a964-9061fbc9ee3b.html

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