One hundred and fifty years ago, Wilbur Storey, the legendary publisher of the Chicago Tribune declared, “a newspapers job is to print news and raise hell.” And not much has changed.
The free and open exchange of ideas in a society defines that society. The murder of opposing voices by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the recent killing of Jamal Khashoggi, orchestrated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, should frighten everyone who believes in a free press and holding governments accountable. Our President’s inability to acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s participation, despite our own intelligence community’s evidence to the contrary, is a chilling reminder of the fragile nature of liberty and justice. This President has even called for a state-run media (NY Daily News, 11/26), a throwback to the Soviet Union’s “Pravda,” where dissident voices were jailed and/or disappeared.
The good news is that GOP Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both Trump supporters, are leading the charge to rebuke Mohammed bin Salman, as well as limit US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Talk radio isn’t journalism. We are however, a platform for ideas; both dissenting and supporting approaches to keeping this great nation a place where thoughts can grow and prosper. And occasionally raise hell too.