The conundrum of media bias we face today is nothing new. It is as old as is the written word, as well-known and widely accepted as the Earth’s shape, and yet still a riddle complex enough to be worthy of the Sphinx’s delivery.
By strict definition, the word bias is described as prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
At The Beltway Times, we have decided that the best approach to take to eliminate bias is a specific, detailed admission of preference. As our preferences are made known, our credibility in reporting and opining in concert with these stated beliefs is enhanced. Though our beliefs may certainly limit our audience, we will rest easy knowing that those who remain can have faith in our motives.
Below, you will find a description of our beliefs, platforms, and preferences as an organization. Authors and contributors to our newspaper are held to the same standards you read below, and any additional or contradictory preferences and beliefs they hold will be duly noted in their author biographies.
We hope that other news media organizations will follow our lead in striving for complete transparency, both individually and en masse.
- We desire an end to racism, in all of its forms, and always strive to contribute to making this world the one that the great Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned when he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” We reject all efforts to segregate and not integrate. We reject any mentality that seeks to generalize based on race. We reject any move to disallow a citizen’s inalienable rights to be exercised because of an individual’s race.
- We disagree with any lack of transparency in the media. All reporters, producers, authors, and correspondents should be required to be honest about their political and social leanings. Those working in positions expected to hold a fair and balanced perspective should strive to be viewed as unbiased despite their publicly stated beliefs.
- We believe in equal rights and equal opportunity for all Americans. For private businesses, we believe employers have the right to hire the prospective employee they believe is most qualified to fill a position. In this aspect of business, we believe that the government must refrain from any sort of intervention as long as abuse is not occurring. For pay, we believe in the concept of equal pay for equal work, regardless of race, gender, creed, or orientation.
- As Americans, we believe in the concept of “America First”. For too long, we have spent billions of our taxpayer dollars to rebuild, revamp, and prop up other nations across the globe, many of whom have failed as a direct result of the decisions of their voters. Our responsibility is, first, to our own citizens and their needs before the perceived needs of others around the world.
- We believe in states’ rights and the use thereof to determine how social issues are addressed. Gay marriage, legalization of marijuana and other drugs, and other socially progressive proposals that do not have a historical basis should be addressed state-by-state through democratically-voted proposition votes or other means. We feel that “legislation from the bench” by politically-appointed judges or forced adoption of law by Presidential Executive Order are methods not in alignment with our constitutional values.
- We believe in a taxation system as minimal as necessary and the reduction of unnecessary government entitlement programs. At $20 trillion dollars of national debt and an ever-growing annual deficit, the elimination of superfluous government entitlement programs must be undertaken to return America to a nation with a balanced budget.
- We believe in a rational immigration system where laws are enforced rather than ignored. There is a legal process for immigration. Millions of immigrants are forced to wait in line for years for the chance to become an American citizen. With a nation mired in the largest debt it has ever faced, we cannot afford to spend our tax dollars supporting larger entitlement programs for non-citizens. While a temporary worker program is a potential solution for many of the low-paying jobs non-citizens are currently filling in the United States, non-citizens should be required to leave the country when not covered under the program and apply, in line, for citizenship, just as all legal immigrants to the United States have done in the past.
- We believe in honoring our military and domestic service members (our police, our firefighters, and others) who put their lives on the line daily to ensure our physical safety and security.
- We believe in the minimal amount of regulation necessary to guarantee the rights of the individual and environment are not infringed upon. Businesses today carry an unprecedented burden of regulation domestically, which is forcing many of our large companies to move overseas and put our blue collar American friends and family members out of work. Extraneous regulation must be excised.
- We believe in a tax code that is fair for businesses and individuals. The United States currently has one of the most restrictive and expensive tax codes for businesses in the world. We want to incentivize those businesses to return to the United States and hire the American worker rather than funding the rebuilding of the middle class in third world nations across the globe.
- We believe the corruption among the political ruling class is a serious problem and must be eliminated. This belief applies to both Republicans and Democrats. For too long, career politicians have been grifting the federal and state coffers of their voters through illicit campaign contributions, lobbying efforts, and insider knowledge. This corrupt system must be identified and exposed so that true progress can be made and public servants can rededicate themselves solely to the representation of the American voter — our only true stakeholder.
- We believe in the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Always. This does not mean that we believe those expressing their freedom of speech do not have the right to be criticized when they speak out in a venue not suited for their opining. Though an employer may enter into an agreement with an employee to restrict this speech while performing functions on behalf of the company, an employee should be entitled to express his/her beliefs as desired during any unpaid free time. We do not believe in any restrictions being placed upon the press other than an expectation of honest, non-libelous treatment of others.
- We believe in a strong national defense that will ideally go prepared but unused. “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” Teddy Roosevelt once famously said. We could not have said it better.
- We believe in the ability of the American people to make their own decisions on what is best for their lives. Individual rights are key, and we always have faith that our fellow citizens know better what to do with their hard-earned money than the government does on their behalf.
- We reject the idea of international interventionism while it does not truly serve the interest of the American people as a whole. Who are we to spend trillions of dollars to try to build democracies overseas when a huge percentage of our own citizens are out of work, on food stamps, and the physical infrastructure of our nation is crumbling and in disrepair?
- We stand behind all nations who share our values and ideals and put great emphasis on developing fair and balanced trade agreements with these countries. Trade deals must make sense for the United States, first and foremost. Our country must begin to focus on reworking existing deals where a trade deficit with the United States is inequitable to our national interest.