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Fake News and a Free Press
On Aug. 11, the Boston Globe editorial board called on newspapers across the nation to speak out against President Trump'sdescription of the American news reporting industry as "...enemies of the people". Here's a contribution from one former newspaper editor...
Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, "I have spent half my life trying to get away from journalism ... a low trade and a strange, seedy world full of misfits and drunkards and failures." After more than two decades working in and around the newspaper business, I pretty much agree with Thompson. That's one reason why I'm no longer an editor. But journalism is also a world populated with truth-seekers and idealists and patriots and believers in our Constitutional right to speak freely. They get stories right more often than wrong. They seldom tell the whole story because they are rarely given enough time or space to do so under the assumption that only a few people care enoug…