Why Would Local Politicians Shy Away From Local Media Outlet?
Many readers have asked me why do some of our local elected officials shy away from the Harnett Dispatch and not share more input into the stories we report. This question is a good one, and needs to be examined in order to understand the nature of the beast. Let me first start out by explaining what journalism is about or should I say, what it’s supposed to be about.
In modern society, the news media is the chief purveyor of information and opinion about public affairs. Journalism, however, is not always confined to the news media or to news itself, as journalistic communication may find its way into broader forms of expression, including literature and cinema. In some nations, the news media is still controlled by government intervention, and is not fully an independent body.
In a democratic society, however, access to free information plays a central role in creating a system of checks and balance, and in distributing power equally amongst governments, businesses, individuals, and other social entities. Access to verifiable information gathered by independent media sources, which adhere to journalistic standards, can also be of service to ordinary citizens, by empowering them with the tools they need in order to participate in the political process.
So one would wonder why some of our elected officials would not be willing to share their thoughts and express their stance on issues that affect our area as a whole.
The Harnett Dispatch adheres to the basic principles of journalism.
Fair & Balanced
We Show no Favoritism
No political hype for any one individual
No sugar coating or whitewashing of stories
Factual Reports with evidence to back up what we say
Investigative reporting to uncover corruption or wrongdoing
So the question remains the same, why would they not want to talk to us, it has been rumored that they don’t think people read the Harnett Dispatch and therefore there’s no reason to respond to our inquiries, others have said that many of them are upset with us because we release facts about deals and operations that would not otherwise be released to the public. We here at the Harnett Dispatch have reached out to these elected officials and in many cases never get a response back to our questions so we go ahead and run the facts of the story. There are some officials that are more than happy to help us every time we contact them in order to keep the public informed.
We make contact with the people they fail to get back with us.
We have a readership of between 35,000-40,000 people a day from right here in Harnett County.
We will always print the truth, if it’s bad we will print it and if it’s good we will print it.
We will not show favoritism.
So elected officials that are reading this, please know that our emails and phones are always open for your comments; the dream world myth of thinking no one is reading this publication just got busted!