To the editor, The confirmation process for Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh was toxic. It inversed a foundational precept within American justice; the presumption of innocence unless guilt is proven - ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat.
By R.J. Ogaard Honest journalism exists and it thrives at many levels. From local news to features, to the "good" news that's too often buried under the bad, the journalists who implement industry "gold standards" of personal integrity and professional ethics into their work are the quintessential guardians of journalistic objectivity. Within corporate media at the national level it's a different picture. As a matter of fact, the track record for objectivity from network, cable and national press is abysmal; creating a tsunami of mistrust and exasperation.
I could comment on the recent, organized self-analysis by offended news media and the rationalized salvos they've thrown at those who criticize their work (Herald editorial "This is not fake news," Aug. 14). Instead, Herald columnist Lloyd Omdahl, long-time Democrat and Heidi Heitkamp operative, is the focus.
To the editor, Collaborative, agenda-driven news media and politicians continue to serve generous helpings of hyperbole to caricaturize or manipulate a "crisis" at our southern border. Many of the images shown are old, lacking context or Photoshopped to solicit reactions of raw emotion, void of rational and factual evaluation. The identified "crisis" was not labeled a "crisis" by Democrats or covered as a "crisis" by media under President Obama's watch, when less effort was made and less money was spent to care for and house the children of illegal immigrants.
To the editor, The Herald's new policy of charging for letters to the editor that endorse politicians, campaigns, political parties and measures is a welcome change. The mandate should also be applied to self-endorsements disguised as op-ed pieces, propaganda authored by a politician or their staff for the duration of a political campaign.
The shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson — the White House physician nominated by President Trump to be secretary of the Veterans Affairs Administration and has now withdrawn — is a prime example why a growing majority of Americans hold news media and the elected hired-help in Washington in low-esteem. Montana Sen. Jon Tester's public airing of unproven, anonymous, media-promoted smears was
To the editor, Herald columnist Mike Jacobs and others recently praised the life and public service of the late George Sinner, and rightly so. To a point. Each commentary included Sinner's controversial 1991 veto of pro-life legislation, describing the act as courageous; a predictable frame considering the long-standing support of Roe v. Wade by both sources. At the time a sizeable majority of North Dakotans felt betrayed. Their contention was that Sinner abandoned his life-affirming principles for political expediency, using a "straw man" of God to justify his action.
To the editor, Princeton University's recent Alumni Day featured 1965 alum and retired ABC News anchorman Charles Gibson. Gibson's speech contained peripheral criticism of television news: "I worry in an age of hyper-competitiveness that many of my brethren do sensationalize. Viewers don't need countdown clocks. They don't need the word 'exclusive' slathered all over the screen. They don't need to be told every other minute that something is 'breaking news.'"
To the editor, The prejudice and partisanship of many within news media and the entertainment business never fails to amaze. ABC reporter Brian Ross' suspension for his latest factually starved journalism was predictably ignored by the big three networks. His "bombshell" of phony news sent America's stock market into a tailspin and resulted in serious financial losses for thousands of investors.
To the editor, Efforts to discredit, incriminate and impeach President Trump with Russian "collusion" are in freefall. Russia/Trump conspiracy theories have all but evaporated and the few remaining propagators include Keith "Max Headroom" Olbermann. What has surfaced is the exact opposite of what has been labored for.