Here is what Orson Scott Card writes today for the Rhinoceros Times. Orson Scott Card delivers a stunning essay for the Rhinoceros Times today called “Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?”
Orscon Scott Card is a bestselling American author and political writer, often known for science fiction. His novel Ender’s Game (1985) and Speaker for the Dead (1986) won big, both Hugo and Nebula Awards. He is the only author to have won the science fiction’s top awards two years, back to back.
Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and today is blasting the “current state of journalism” in a new essay he describes as “an open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America”
Orson says the job of a journalist is to “do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.”
Orson is upset that reporters are trying to call the “housing crisis” as Card refers to it as a republican caused problem.
“You will also tell the truth about John McCain: that he tried, as a Senator, to do what it took to prevent this crisis. You will tell the truth about President Bush: that his administration tried more than once to get Congress to regulate lending in a responsible way. This was a Congress-caused crisis, beginning during the Clinton administration, with Democrats leading the way into the crisis and blocking every effort to get out of it in a timely fashion.”
Card is very much right.
LALATE hasn’t skyrocketed to be the top 2,000 most trafficated website in the U.S. in one year by reporting slanted political news.
The public is smart.
LALATE tries to report political news without opinions inserted, without slant, non partisan, so you can decide. Other highly trafficated “news” sites, that get a lot of lip service on TV, often have nothing good to say about one candidate and everything good about another.
That’s not news – that’s Op Ed.
Videos, transcripts – that’s how a reader sees the whole story and decides themselves.
There are core questions, issues, and concerns in this election – from polls, to voter fraud, to the economy. Readers are smart, and at least 10% of them nationally are undecided as of the last election and want to decide who is best for them.
It’s the job of a news site to give you all the chips, not their personal favorite winning hand for their candidate.
Forget Jennifer Aniston’s false pregnancy reports. When it comes to political reporting this year, Aniston stories compare nothing to the inaccuracy plaguing political news site this year, that themselves are becoming the new tabloids of 2008.
To see the entire great Orson Scott Card article, click here.