How Fake News Impacts Freedom of the Press
By Bridget Paverd, Partner, GillespieHall
A free press is a free society. Like Thomas Jefferson said to Lafayette in 1823, “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”
What does Freedom of the Press mean in this day and age? The era of fake news and vitriolic revenge? As a public relations firm, we value creative freedom and hold freedom of the press in particular esteem. We are a firm made up of writers who respect the process of due diligence, research, fact-checking, data verification… We take great pains to research the facts and select the words that will tell an honest and entertaining story.
Freedom of the Press is as American as apple pie, which makes Fake News nothing short of a rotting, pungent topping.
Writers play an important role in speaking truth to power, holding leaders accountable, and investigating wrongdoing. And PR firms must uphold and respect the standards of a free press system. Let’s put an end to fake news by never acknowledging it in the first place. Don’t click on it, comment on it, or spend any time communicating about it. Instead, invest time in sharing news and messaging that is factual, honest and informs the public of what they need to know.
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