A mite slighted

Alastair Baker
News Editor

I’m been somewhat perturbed by the Secretary of State Corey Stapleton’s comments regarding mainstream media in a recent missive he sent out to his followers at tax payers’ expense.
In an age where newspapers’ are battling against other information sources for the public’s attention it doesn’t bode well when a person charged with helping commerce and democracy to thrive should put the proverbial boot in. And especially when that industry is protected under the First Amendment.
It’s already bad enough that the government is passing tariffs against Canadian paper mills that may very well effect 600,000 newspaper jobs in the U.S.
By headlining his missive ‘Be Careful What Gets Your Attention’ and then suggesting we are “chasing the tabloid headlines and venomous tweets of personal destruction, in an effort to survive financially” does a lot of media outlets a disservice.
Having worked in this industry for nearly three decades I can’t recall one time that I have stooped to the sirens of Yellow journalism in order to make money. This goes for my colleagues as well.
The media are, nine times out of ten, your hometown residents, reporting honestly, investigating diligently and bringing out issues, perspectives and comments that may or may not be popular but are our duty to bring to the public’s attention. In cases where there is major doubt or slanderous allegations, our fact checking goes into overload.
Credibility and integrity is how we survive in this world for without those two cornerstones we are dead in the water.


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.