Editor’s note: This letter is by Kathy Wagner, of Sandgate.
I often wonder who or what is the greatest threat to, or enemy of, our country. If you ask people this question you may get a variety of answers. They may say China, Russia or Iran. Others might feel it is the drug cartels, sex traffickers, or the tens of thousands of illegals now flooding into our country via the southern border. Many may think the greatest threat is the push for critical race theory that is being channeled into grade schools up through the universities and even the military. So many dangerous scenarios.
All the above should be taken as very serious threats, but I offer another possibility and one which I feel is the greatest danger. What about those who see themselves as a governing elite, who are the best and only ones capable of running our lives? These elites control the vital avenues of information — the almighty media, be it television, movies, social media, internet sources and our vast education system. These are the elites who decide what should be reported and what should be taught, and they want no questions asked. They don’t seem at all interested in a debate of opposing ideas and they expect or demand that everyone fall in line — or else!
It seems now that we are confronted with a narrative pushed by most media outlets that shows true bias regarding the issues at hand. What happened to investigative reporting or true journalism as we used to have? Has it turned into just printing the talking points of the ‘bosses’? Are the news sites no longer interested in delving behind the scenes to get the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say?
How can we have a strong, vibrant, united country to confront the aforementioned external and internal threats if our society is hampered by false messaging, censoring, de-platforming, suppression of alternative solutions, or threats to any opposition (with possible loss of one’s job or career)? People have a right to know and deserve to know the truth. This is the only way a free society can survive.
Free speech is one of our foundational principles and we must fight to maintain it. We must not allow ourselves to be steamrolled by thuggish tactics and fear-mongering. The media has a great responsibility to truthfully inform the people and also be a watchdog which exposes any harmful forces knocking at our door. They must report without bias and only allow their personal opinions in the editorials. Let’s hope they return to being the protectors of all the people.