Alek Frost, Managing Editor
We are not “the enemy of the people,” nor are we a purveyor of “fake news.”
We are the Three Rivers Commercial-News, an organization that has served its community for the better part of the last 123 years. We live and work beside you each day in an effort to keep you informed, and to highlight and celebrate the rich tapestry that is our community.
Today on Thursday, Aug. 16, the Commercial-News has decided to join newspapers across the country in standing together against President Donald Trump’s attacks on journalists, in a collective effort to thwart the erosion of the very principles this nation was founded upon.
This is not a partisan issue; it’s an issue that affects everyone, not just in the United States but also across the world. Our forefathers guaranteed freedom of the press in the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which plainly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Journalism plays a vital role in government. Self-governance demands an informed electorate and it is our duty to ensure that you are well-informed on the issues that affect you most before you cast a ballot or speak out at a public meeting.
This isn’t just about criticism because we are not perfect, nor do we claim to be. We welcome criticism when we make a mistake, as each day we strive to be better than we were the day before. But unjustified criticism from the leader of the free world in an attempt to degrade our profession, oppress the free flow of information, and erode the people’s trust in the media cannot and will not stand.
Today we stand with news organizations across the country against such attacks, and we ask that you stand with us.