I’m previous and old school. I’ve been scripting this column on Alabama authorities and political historical past for 20 years, and it seems weekly in additional than 60 newspapers. People imagine what they learn of their native papers as a result of native editors and journalists they belief act as a filter to offer them with the reality.
However expertise has created a complete new breed of web publications the place mendacity is the usual and never the exception. One deranged particular person can sit in a darkish room and pump out vicious lies and fabrications with none proof – and there’s no native editor standing up for the reality. I imagine within the First Modification to our Structure, however having an internet site shouldn’t be a license to lie and slander folks.