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“Good letters make good company” – H Stanley Judd
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March 15, 2018
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Dear Lester (Holt)
Our weather has been drab, rainy and gloomy but with a promise of sunny days ahead.
You have been the only journalist we have been sending a ‘heads up’ outlining our plans over the coming months. To quote myself, “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.”
In a few weeks we plan to release the news throughout America that we are urging everyone to please join us on a National American Day of Reconciliation on August 4, 2018 (Louis Armstrong’s birthday) at https://hstanleyjudd.com/2018/02/24/hope/
Unfortunately, in my view, though the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of the Press, American journalism has morphed into Media Rot.
When I managed a weekly newspaper in one of the richest towns in California, or covered an event as a reporter (my first assignment were the McCarthy Hearings in Washington (seems not much has changed in Washington) I applied to the best of my ability my journalistic skills to separate reporting News from reporting Opinion.
In my view we have replaced reporting News with reporting Propaganda (Opinion).
For example, under the tag BREAKING NEWS, we get something like, “This afternoon an informed source in the Federal Reserve who prefers to remain anonymous, said in reviewing the Financial State of The Nation, “it’s very bad, very, very bad, really terrible, we are actually Bankrupt and can’t pay the interest on our national debt.”
Well you and I know that’s not News, it’s Opinion and when say 15,000,000 viewers hear this, many of them will spread the Opinion is if it were News.
The point being, in my view, that we cannot and should not restrict the PRESS from saying whatever it wants to say, but if this nation is to survive in the Digital Age we must coach all Americans to learn to think for themselves, understand the difference between tribal thinking and non-tribal thinking and restore the Constitution, especially the 1st Amendment as the law of the land that always protects our inalienable rights which the Declaration of Independence (that my ancestor’s brother, Caesar Rodney signed) guarantees, but for over 227 years did not protect the inalienable rights of American Kids who did not have white skin.
All the best,
H Stanley Judd
my friends call me, ‘Skip’