From Woodstock’s Richard Rostron:
Bias means McHenry County better off without Northwest Herald
Leftist bias continues to grease the skids as the Northwest Herald slides further into the pit of irrelevancy.
Consider the cover story and headline from a recent edition of the publication: a large photo of a woman who might be someone’s grandmother under a headline: “Ready to Listen.”
Listen to what?
The subhead immediately solves that mystery: “Supporters worked tirelessly amid COVID-19 shutdowns to put Democrat Marci Suelzer on the November ballot …”
Does that sound like a news story to you?
It’s an ad.
It’s a campaign ad.
If Suelzer didn’t pay for it, it’s still a campaign contribution (wouldn’t that be funny if the NWHerald was selling its front page?).
In honesty, the Suelzer campaign needs to list it as a campaign contribution.
If you think my criticisms indicate that I’m someone who doesn’t like journalism, you couldn’t be more wrong.
A free nation depends on journalism.
I have nearly 20 years in the profession.
I was freelance with The Chicago Tribune and other publications.
I was sports editor at The Woodstock Independent.
I was advisor to the student newspaper at McHenry County College.
I love journalism.
But we’re better off without what, in most cases, passes for journalism today.
When I was studying journalism at Northern Illinois University, I heard something disquieting; Professors were saying that, with all our prior experiences, it’s impossible to be truly unbiased.
There may be a slender thread of truth in that assertion but their solution to the problem was frightening.
Rather than encouraging young journalists to strive harder to provide unbiased coverage, the professors promoted the idea of ‘Journalistic Activism’ (no, they weren’t calling it that yet).
They told students to get behind things that are ‘right.’
Right according to whom?
Are journalists qualified to tell us what is right and what is wrong?
Aren’t they really saying that we, the reading public, can’t be trusted to decide what is right and wrong on our own?
Rather than lay the information out for us to use in making wise decisions, they’ve decided to manipulate and nuance information, to withhold what’s inconvenient to their agenda, and play up what is, all designed to ensure that we are led to the ‘right’ decision.
I’d say this has a lot to do with the trouble America is facing today.
I don’t know anything about Marci Suelzer.
But, based on her front-page campaign ad, I’d say that, the sooner the Northwest Herald fades into oblivion, the better for the people of McHenry County.