Letter: Fighting fake news

Published: 3/19/2017 12:01:18 AM
Fighting fake news

At town meetings, at hearings before New Hampshire legislative committees, in the U.S. House and Senate, and in the voting booth, critical decisions are made that directly impact our lives.

Wise decisions are based on accurate information. Tragically, the rise of “fake news” is making access to accurate information a challenge.

While it is unrealistic to expect purely factual news from any media channel, we should expect and be provided with fact-based news presented by informed sources. How can citizens in our democracy make good decisions on vital issues if we do not have reliable information on which to base our views and votes?

As the late senator Patrick Daniel Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

A core value of libraries is to support efforts to inform and educate the public on “critical problems of society” (American Library Association Mission). Watch for library programs that will provide opportunities to learn more about fake news and how to deal with it.

There will be programs held at the Concord Public Library on Wednesday at 6 and the Hopkinton Town Library on March 26 at 4.

Janet Ward



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