Dissenting Viewpoints Must Not be Dismissed — The Beltway Times


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Dissenting viewpoints must not be dismissed. It will be important to seek alternatives to the mainstream media during the Trump administration. I believe that doing so is the exercise of an inalienable right; the free and unencumbered exchange of information. Terms such as “narrative”, “optics”, “sound bite” and “news cycle” have replaced objective truth, so it has never been more imperative to find journalists who are willing to depart from political correctness.

Our Founding Father’s first call for liberty did not begin with the Declaration of Independence, rather it was born through the efforts of patriots known as “pamphleteers.” Iconic figures such as Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and John Milton were the forebears of what today we would call “Blogs” and alt-news sites. It was not only from the intellect to formulate the arguments necessary for inspiring the desire for liberty, which led to the birth of our nation, but their willingness and full capacity to share these arguments.

Our contention with the objectivity of today’s media is not a new concern. It was Thomas Jefferson who said “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” It is within the full power of the press to not only be the single source of information necessary to base decisions, but to also now have the ability to frame the argument to a desired conclusion. Simply put, when no longer held accountable to a standard of objective, unbiased reporting, the purpose of the press ceases to be anchored in the distribution of information, rather, becoming a tool for maintaining power.

No graver warning has been given than those written by John Adams. “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking and writing.” We stand on the precipice between individual Liberty and statist collectivism. Now more than ever, it is incumbent for each of us to stand vigilant against any trespass against our inalienable right.