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By Mike Marshall
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

Protect and nourish our local news media

 

September 13, 2018



We are fortunate here in Seeley Lake to have an award-winning newspaper published by two excellent journalists, Nathan and Andi Bourne, with the help of an impressive staff. As good journalists, they don’t invent the news, they just report it, even when it’s distasteful news. That is their duty and what we pay them to do. Shoot, they even publish criticisms of themselves. That’s integrity.

There is too much negativity toward the news media around the country and even globally. This sad state is being encouraged by politicians pandering to their voting base. When they don’t like the news, they attack the reporters. We’ve even had one congressman physically assault a journalist.

We’re better than this. And we need our news media. They are our first line of defense against corruption and the overreach of government. We need to protect and nourish our news media at all levels, including in Seeley Lake. We owe it to them and to ourselves.

When an event occurs that we don’t like, we still need to be informed about what happened. In that way we can work together to deal with the issues openly and honestly.

 

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