Union Publisher Speaks – Our role is to inform, not to influence

Russ Steele

As readers know, over the years I have written columns for The Union, but stopped when the Publisher/Editor was unwilling to publish my views on climate changes as a Columnist for The Union. Thus, I stopped writing for The Union and focused more on blogging, which does not provide as many gates to jump before my words become public.

Now we have a new Publisher, Dave Schmall, who has published his views on the role of The Union in the community HERE.

I’ll cut to the chase: I truly believe the best service a local newspaper can provide its citizens is a balanced delivery of the issues and challenges facing our community and a stream of updates, opinions and proposed solutions, then to let the public decide. Our job is to inform, not to influence or persuade. As the dominant medium in town, we could probably sway lots of votes and that, in my mind, would be a crime. That’s not our role in the community. Ours is to foster positive change by providing accurate information so residents can make better, more informed decisions.

I will be watching to see how they address the climate change issues.  The US CO2 emissions are declining as the economy goes into the tank down to the 1992 levels, but the global CO2 levels continues to increase. However, the temperatures continue to slowly decline over the past 16 years. It is becoming harder and harder for intelligent people to make the mental connection between the rise in CO2 and the decline in global temperature. We will have to wait and see what “accurate information” will be provided to the Union’s readers on the climate change as we start tithing our Cap and Trade taxes to solve an non-existing problem.  Any guesses?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Union Publisher Speaks – Our role is to inform, not to influence

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    It’s hard to say from his published views. You will get to find out what “positive change” is for him.
    Most of the MSM think they are balanced middle of the road publications.
    They probably said that about themselves at Pravda in the early ’50s.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Yes, Sir.

  3. Todd Juvinall says:

    I am gonne give the new guy the benefit of the doubt. As long as he is fair on the pages and edits any lib bias crap in the news stories (for fairness of course). then I am a happy camper. What is interesting to me is the placement of stories and the types of stories. For instance, if they do a global warming story will he, well he should, have both positions in equal word count. The headlines should not be pushing the agenda one way or the other. We usually don’t see that fairness in the press at the editorial level.

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