Media is here to inform, engage and counter the real fake news (editorial)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - My editorial last week about the media and my belief we aren't the enemy of the people got a lot of response, most of it not very happy.

John wrote, "Where was your outrage when Presidents Obama and Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were attacking Fox News on a daily basis?"

John, I want to be clear: I'm not defending or targeting any one media outlet. I'm just saying you can't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Mike said, "Channel 19's opinion regarding any issue/item related to national politics is unnecessary and unwanted."

I try to avoid giving opinions on national politics, and I haven't commented once on the performance of either of the men who've been President since I came to this station. This is about whether we're all the enemy. And we're not.

Twila had some encouragement: "We need FREE press."

But, "I have heard several reporters report on something then say that the facts had not been verified.," wrote Terry.  "How is something like that fair and honest reporting?"

That brings me to my final emailed comment, where Clyde aims me toward one story "an article written by Charles Krauthammer in the New York Post Oct.11,2017."

Well I did read it, but I also checked the facts. It wasn't written by Charles Krauthammer and it never appeared in the New York Post.

And that's why media matters. Someplace to check the facts. Somewhere to provide accurate information.

I'm not going to stand here and tell you every media outlet is always unbiased, or that any of us are always right. But many of us try to be unbiased, and many of us try to be right as often as we can be.

In an era of fake news, I think that's more important than ever.

Thanks for your feedback. We need more of this kind of dialogue.

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