Burns: Hard times for truth, journalism

Submitted by NFOIC on Wed, 01/29/2020 - 9:00am

“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

—George Orwell

The collapse of local news reporting in communities across California and the rest of the country is a slow-motion disaster undermining the very fabric of our democracy in ways large and small. Driven in part by high tech companies like Facebook, Google and others which have robbed local news organizations of the print advertising revenue upon which they once relied to subsidize quality journalism, hundreds of newspapers across the country offer far less news or have disappeared entirely, leaving behind “news deserts” where people have little way of knowing what their local government officials are doing. (Read more here...)