Letter: The value of local newspapers

Published: 6/30/2020 12:01:17 AM

Subscriptions to local, statewide, and national newspapers have been decreasing along with increased use of internet advertising and online new sources, not surprising to anyone. Thankfully, editorial opinion departments are still hearty, as well as the “Letters to the Editor” section.

Bill Bunker’s June 22 letter gives his reasons for why people have lost faith in media, and he chastises the Monitor’s editorial board in particular for its “left bent.” Bunker cites a late-March Gallup poll as proof that citizens have lost faith in “the media.”

Back in the early days of pandemic 2020, Trump’s COVID-19 response team’s daily press events were like a Wild West show with the scientists and other leaders on the team needing to very carefully rephrase and correct the commander in chief. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms also passed along incorrect information. No wonder poll subjects did not trust the media!

Instead of relying on a 5-month-old poll of popular opinion, as Bunker cited, readers can visit Gallup’s website to view the most recent polls. Spoiler alert: People are still uneasy, a little less confused, and very much worried.

One of the reasons I do subscribe to and read this newspaper (and the Union Leader) is to keep a pulse on the community, read opinions, and learn from others whose experiences, education, socio-economic status, and politics differ from mine. Mr. Bunker, there are many “Letter to the Editor” followers and writers who enjoy reading your brand of reality – dialogue like this is part of what makes a local newspaper a valuable resource. Sometimes we learn and sometimes we just need to call out your misinformation.

So keep on writing those letters, Mr. Bunker.



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