Online Newspaper – Bridgeville Star Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:11:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Newspaper – Bridgeville Star 32 32 The Penalty Box: IHSAA reroutes state basketball tournaments Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:11:06 +0000

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:09 PM

We knew the IHSAA was considering some pretty big changes to the boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments when they met last week, but the changes they approved weren’t what we thought they would be. they envisioned.

The IHSAA announced last Thursday that it is making an adjustment to the route teams must take to get to the state championship game.

Starting next winter, regionals in each class for each gender will be single-match events and will likely include multiple regionals in different classes at the same venue.

The semi-states will become four-man tournaments, with two semi-finals and a championship on the same day.

The executive committee voted 15 to 2 to make this change. It’s based on polls of managers and sporting directors over the past year, which found nearly three in four people want to see more teams extend their seasons longer.

The point is this: in the current format, the number of basketball teams playing at the semi-state level is 16 across the four classes. Those 16 are reduced to eight for the state finals. With the format approved last week, that number will increase to 32.

That’s twice as many schools organizing more pep rallies.

That’s twice as many schools selling “semi-state-bound” t-shirts.

That’s twice as many schools feeling the thrill of being a basketball day away from a trip to Indy.

It’s hard to argue with that, isn’t it?

More the merrier, the merrier!

The immediate reaction on social media was that the change would throw cold water on teams who only needed to win one game to be called “regional champions” compared to previous years when two wins were needed.

It should be mentioned that there were years early in the class basketball system where regionals were single games on Tuesday nights.

My answer to that is that when class basketball started over 25 years ago, one of the arguments against was that small school championships would be belittled because they only beat small schools. “Who will care who wins the 1A and 2A state titles?” they proclaimed.

Well, what we found was that the smaller schools didn’t really care what kind of shadow people wanted to cast on their success. They just wanted the chance to succeed.

We also discovered that people also care about state champions. Now, it’s worth pointing out that depending on where you live, this feeling can change. For example, the Indy metro area cares more about 4A because most of its schools are 4A. In surrounding suburbs and counties, they more closely follow 3A. In rural areas, you are more likely to attend a smaller school if you have some sort of connection to schools that still play.

Part of me really likes the way it was. If you survive the regional round and the two matches in one day that comes with it, it made what followed a lot easier. The teams that won the regionals might be called “Final Four teams”, which traditionally means that a banner will hang on a wall or rafter in your gym. It also means that these teams only have to focus on one team during the week they play for a trip to the state championship game. The Final Four squads will now be determined mid-afternoon on the third Saturday of February and March, and there will be yet another game to be played that day.

It also means more fans will have longer commutes on longer days during the semi-state week. That means two-hour bus rides home after games that end well after 10 p.m. for Eastern Time Zone schools playing their half-states in the Central Time Zone.

It usually doesn’t take me long to form an opinion on these things, leaving me room to change my mind based on new facts and evidence as we get a larger sample of the results.

I think we’ll all have to experiment with the new format for a year or two before we know for sure if it works or not.

Some of you will immediately respond with something sarcastic like “Well, those idiots at IHSAA are always messing things up…” or something like that.

Most of these people think we should go back to one-class basketball, and we certainly don’t.

I’m willing to wait and see how it works.

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calls for an investigation into the deaths at the Moroccan-Spanish border post | Spain Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:12:00 +0000

Human rights activists in Spain and Morocco have called for investigations in both countries after a massive attempt to breach the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla caused at least 23 dead.

Spanish officials said around 2,000 Africans headed for the iron fence at dawn on Friday, and more than 500 managed to slip through a border control area after cutting an opening with shears.

Moroccan officials first said five people died in what they described as a “scramble”. Late Saturday, Moroccan state television said the death toll had risen to 23 people.

NGOs on the ground have said the death toll could be higher. “We have confirmed 37 deaths in the Melilla tragedy,” said Helena Maleno Garzón, whose organization Walking Borders is in constant contact with Africans seeking to cross to Spain from Morocco.

Walking Borders has joined more than half a dozen others, including Amnesty International Spain, in calling for an investigation into what is believed to be the deadliest day in recent memory along the section of the only border land EU with Africa.

Videos shared online by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights appeared to show dozens of people crammed into an area next to the border fence – some bleeding and many standing still – as Moroccan forces in riot gear watched them the day after the crossing.

In this violent and inhuman way migrants were treated yesterday at the Barrio Chino barrier in Nador. Left without help on the spot for hours, which increased the number of deaths.

— AMDH Nador (@NadorAmdh) June 25, 2022

“They were left there unaided for hours which increased the death toll,” the group said on Twitter. In another video shared by the organization, a Moroccan security guard appeared to use a truncheon to attack a prone person.

A young man who tried to cross said that those trying to cross and the police threw stones at each other, but noted that the police had the advantage of wearing protection. “Moroccan agents were very violent, more aggressive than other times, and people panicked,” he told Spanish newspaper El País. “That’s what caused the stampede.”

In previous days, police had carried out several raids on camps where migrants and refugees were sleeping rough waiting for their chance to cross into Spain, he said. Police confiscated food and whatever cash they could find, leaving migrants anxious and exhausted as they grappled with higher levels of precariousness.

He said Moroccan forces threw stones and fired tear gas directly at those trying to cross. “Normally they throw it in the air, but this time it was aimed directly at people. And they were so weak they fell at the slightest touch,” he said. “So many people died because ‘they were weak and hungry.’

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Moroccan forces had worked in cooperation with Spanish police to “repel” what he described as a “violent aggression” and “attack against the territorial integrity” of Spain.

Spanish officials said 49 Guardia Civil officers were lightly injured, while Morocco said 140 of its security forces were injured. A total of 133 people crossed the border.

“If there is anyone responsible for everything that seems to have happened at this border, it is the mafias who traffic in human beings,” Sánchez said.

His comments, however, were contested within the senior ranks of the coalition government. “No one should die like this,” said Yolanda Díaz, one of five ministers representing junior coalition partner Unidas Podemos, on Twitter. “It’s time to clarify what happened.”

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The Spanish Refugee Commission said asylum seekers fleeing armed conflict in Sudan were among those trying to cross, and that “the indiscriminate use of violence to manage migration and control borders” had prevented people eligible for international protection to reach Spanish soil.

The deadly crossing was the first since Spain and Morocco patched up relations after a year-long dispute centered on Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1976.

Several NGOs, including Walking Borders and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, have established a direct link between this renewed cooperation and the events at the border, in a joint letter who described the dead as a “tragic symbol of European policies of externalizing EU borders, with the complicity of a southern country, Morocco”.

JBE on SCOTUS overthrowing Roe v. wave | pelican post Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:39:54 +0000

Governor John Bel Edwards today released a statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

Governor Edwards said:

“I am and have always been staunchly pro-life and anti-abortion. However, I understand that people on both sides of this complex issue have deeply personal beliefs, and I respect that everyone, including many members of my own party, does not agree with my position.

While we’re still reviewing the court’s ruling this morning, Louisiana has had a trigger law in place since 2006 that would ban abortion, with no exceptions for rape and incest, if the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down Roe c. Wade.

I asked the Legislative Assembly to include exceptions for rape and incest in the most recently passed legislation. While the bill that passed expanded the exceptions to the 2006 law to include cases of medical futility and the treatment of ectopic pregnancy, these important exceptions were not included.

As I have said many times before, I believe that women who have survived rape or incest should be able to decide whether to continue with a pregnancy resulting from a criminal act.

And, to be clear, the legislation I recently signed protects all forms of contraception, including emergency contraception, which remains fully legal and available in Louisiana.

Being pro-life means more than just being against abortion. It means providing the necessary resources and implementing policies that provide real options and not just lip service to the children, women and families we are fortunate to serve. Now more than ever, it’s critical that Louisiana funds services to support women, children, and families throughout their lives, which is why I’ve expanded health care through our Medicaid program and made pressure for measures to be taken so that workers are paid better and more fairly. It’s also why I supported better funding for Louisiana’s public education system, including early childhood education. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to succeed and it starts with providing a solid foundation early in life.

Make no mistake, there is so much more we can do to support women, children and families, and I hope my fellow pro-life public servants will join me in these efforts in the months and years to come.



]]> Statement by Graves on the “Gas Tax Holiday Gimmick” | pelican post Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:42:47 +0000

US Congressman Garret Graves released the following statement:

“Last night white smoke was visible from the White House chimney – they had found another gadget. The Biden administration is so determined to “steal Peter to pay Paul,” but their decisions are so stupid they can’t even fathom they’re Peter. President Biden’s effort is designed to temporarily cut gasoline prices by 18 cents per gallon, while gasoline rose $2 per gallon under his administration. Do the math. We need a permanent $2 a gallon reduction – not one temporary 18 cents off – and it’s done by returning to sound energy policies. Even President Obama has called it a gimmick before. The Biden administration’s energy policy is a sinking ship, and they are using a tumbler to drain the water instead of addressing the root cause of the problems. Gasoline prices have more than doubled since President Biden took office, and his administration’s continued direct and self-imposed errors will continue to hurt those who can least afford them. We have abundant resources right here at home, but instead of producing more domestic energy, they are sprouting pink slips,” Graves said. “A gas tax exemption would also create further deficits for transportation projects and exacerbate our traffic problems. It would delay investments such as a new bridge over the Mississippi River, the new I-10 lane at the I-10/I-12 split, and more. Between the border, crime, hurricane protection, and now roads — the Biden administration just wants to defund it all and make every aspect of our lives less safe.



]]> Pastor and Newspaper Publisher Publishes Articles Attacking Whitefish Credit Union Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:02:03 +0000

While Pastor Jordan David Hall’s legal troubles with a series of stories he wrote about a transgender Native American lobbyist may have ended last month with a retraction, apology and quarter-million settlement dollars, another trial was brewing.

As a settlement of a defamation lawsuit against lobbyist Adrian Jawort was being finalized, an attorney for the Whitefish Federal Credit Union had filed preliminary documents asking a bankruptcy judge not to acquit future claims of the banking institution against Hall and his Montana Daily Gazette because he was considering legal action against Hall.

Neither Hall nor his attorney responded to requests for comment on this story.

The genesis of the new complaint was a series of stories the Montana Daily Gazette wrote about the credit union, spanning several months and claiming the bank had pledged to seize assets and pay out handsome sums. not controlled by managers. The claims were also widely broadcast on a radio station, also under Hall’s control.

Whitefish Credit Union’s claims were voluntarily dismissed last week, after the series of articles about the credit union were removed from the website.

“The Montana Daily Gazette published articles that falsely claimed that the Whitefish Credit Union acted unethically. The articles have been removed from the Montana Daily Gazette, and we acknowledge Mr. Hall’s decision to remove this content,” said Josh Wilson, vice president of marketing for Whitefish Credit Union.

The stories also claimed that the Montana Daily Gazette was showing documents to credit union members in an attempt to persuade them to go out of business, prompting, in part, the banking institution’s base for the lawsuit, which had claimed that the business was suffering damage at the hands of Hall and the Daily Gazette.

“(Hall) knowingly chose not to investigate and corroborate the incidents reported in the articles, statements and other content, even though the defendant should have known that such incidents were unlikely to occur and that only corroboration could enable the fulfillment of reasonable professional obligations,” the court document reads.

Hall and the Montana Daily Gazette in some reports claimed that the FBI, county investigators, state investigators, and the Flathead County prosecutor were looking into the case and confirmed the allegations.

Yet the basis for these statements was misleading. For example, one of the interviewees in the series of articles was Montana State Senator David Howard, a Republican from Park City, who told the Montana Daily Gazette that he had worked for the FBI in fighting bank corruption in Chicago, and he’d worked briefly in white-collar crime. Another law enforcement official had previously worked for the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department as an investigator, but was not currently employed by the county and had not been involved in any investigations involving the credit union federal.

The Montana Daily Gazette also claimed that Flathead County District Attorney Travis Ahner told a group of people there was enough evidence to prosecute the credit union for financial crimes, but was understaffed. to continue. The Daily Montanan contacted Ahner, who denied the entire account.

The Daily Gazette also claimed that the Montana attorney general is also looking into the case. This office did not respond to inquiries about this.

Nearly a month ago, Hall reached a settlement with transgender Native American lobbyist Adrian Jawort, apologizing and retracting an article in which Hall falsely stated that Jawort had attacked Montana State Senator Butch Gillespie. .

In a recent Facebook post from Hall, however, he appears to back down from an apology he posted to Jawort in the Montana Daily Gazette.

“I do not withdraw the comments, but I will add that press accounts implying that what was said was deliberately incorrect or deliberately falsified are inaccurate and take great liberties with what was actually stated,” he said.

Previously, Hall had apologized and removed the article, a technical term by which an editor declares that he can no longer guarantee the veracity of what he has previously published.

“I apologize to Adrian Jawort. The information I posted about Adrian was false. Adrian did not threaten or harass Senator Butch Gillespie. I regret the error and sincerely apologize to Adrian for posting it,” Hall said of the settlement with Jawort.

Hall blames “opposing counsel” for forcing the apology and shaping the words. Hall said Jawort’s story was published “from the perspective of those witnesses”. However, in the original account, the Daily Gazette reported two anonymous claims that Jawort had been aggressive on Capitol Hill, but the publication never named them.

“We assumed that the Montana Daily Gazette would be covered by the Montana Journalism Shield Act, and ‘assumed’ or ‘reported’ would be sufficient to cover our liability,” Hall said on Facebook.

Jawort told the Daily Montana that she was not on Capitol Hill that day and did not testify about a bill that eventually passed that bars transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports.

Originally, Sen. Gillespie, R-Ethridge, signed an affidavit filed by Hall’s attorneys, but in that affidavit Gillespie never claims that the person who yelled at him for his stance on transgender athletes was Jawort. .

Contacted by the Daily Montanan, Gillespie said he still didn’t know what Jawort looked like, and that’s why he didn’t name anyone in his testimony.

“Is that the big guy in high heels?” Gillespie said. “If that’s the case, (Jawort) only testified for one bill, which was on the reservation in the American Prairies.”

The person who followed him to the Senate and was upset by the transgender bill was not known to Gillespie.

“I didn’t know the guy. I still don’t,” Gillespie said. “I told him you’re probably not going to like my position because I don’t think guys should compete with girls no matter what their name is.”

The Daily Montanan is a non-profit newsroom. To read the article as originally published, click here.

NATO chief says war in Ukraine could last ‘years’ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 05:23:00 +0000

The war in Ukraine could last “for years”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned in an interview published Sunday by the German daily Bild, while reiterating calls for Western countries to provide support to long term in Kyiv.

“We have to be prepared for this to last for years,” said the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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“We must not falter in our support for Ukraine, even though the costs are high, not only in terms of military support, but also due to rising energy and food prices.”

He told Bild that the costs of food and fuel are nothing compared to those paid daily by Ukrainians on the front lines, warning that “we would have to pay an even higher price” if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to reach the Moscow’s goals in Ukraine.

Over the past week, the NATO chief has repeatedly called on members of the alliance to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

Reiterating his calls for NATO member countries to continue delivering arms to Kyiv, Stoltenberg said material support could increase “the likelihood that Ukraine could push Putin’s troops out of the Donbass region. “.

The Donbass region, the easternmost of Ukraine, is currently partly under the control of Russian forces.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and other officials met with some 50 countries from the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group at NATO headquarters this week to demand an increase in arms and ammunition.

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Opinion: At work, constructive criticism and respect mean more to me than being liked Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:00:44 +0000

Martinez is a student at San Diego State University majoring in journalism. She lives in Chula Vista.

I remember being confused in grade school when I heard a classmate say to me, “You’re someone people absolutely hate or adore.”

Now that I’m in college, I not only realize what those words mean, but also that when it comes to manpower, I don’t really care if anyone likes me or not. To work well under pressure, I simply demand respect.

In the process of building who I want to be, I discovered how far from perfect I am.

So when I’m around colleagues, especially in the journalism industry, where so many colorful personalities mix, I don’t expect instant affection or admiration.

For the past four months, I’ve been an intern at Univision San Diego. I took comfort in the days when I walked into the newsroom. All the buzz from the rest of the world faded away as I focused on the click of the keys and the news in front of me.

Nothing mattered then, including my misfortunes. Whatever problems I faced on the way to the office moved to the back of my mind as I focused on the first task of the workday. My supervisors didn’t coddle me when I made a mistake, but corrected it immediately. I hoped that their confidence in my ability to take criticism showed them that I took my job seriously.

According to the National Association of Postal Supervisors, “Being genuine and sincere in your interaction with others is a wonderful way to make others feel valued.” But what do you do when your sincere view of someone is that you just don’t get along or have different ethics?

Although positivity in a work environment can create more productivity in employees, I don’t need my colleagues to like me. What I expect from them is respect. What I have to learn from my colleagues is invaluable when that respect is there. It seems that providing learning opportunities encourages employees to be more effective in their roles, according to the University of Ottawa.

I also learned that being in a professional news environment is different from a classroom or a college newspaper. I spent a few years writing for San Diego State University’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, and I have to admit that I enjoyed receiving constructive criticism.

At the college newspaper, my colleagues often provided positive affirmations, but I felt most satisfied when they shared advice on how best to run an interview or how to overcome emotional turmoil while looking for a job. sensitive subject. I liked being caught up in the details that some would find boring. As I now reflect on my time there, I remember that I worked best when I felt challenged. This is a good thing considering that the range of stories that we journalists have to tell expands over time. Challenge inspires change.

There was barely time for jokes, but the truth is I don’t always need it. I felt respected whenever I was told a story first or trusted to cover an event. I felt respected every time I was reminded that I was also entitled to a break, as my co-workers wanted to make sure I didn’t burn out.

Empty words of encouragement didn’t make me work harder. I preferred times when an editor answered my call and helped me be better at my job.

At all times, I knew I could take on challenges when covering an event, because not everyone wants to talk to reporters. Sometimes people are suspicious of the media, but what made me write was not the promise of an award or a title, although, yes, it feels good to receive them.

Who I am to others matters less to me than who I am to them.

For example, I love listening to the stories people want to tell me about themselves, their communities, and what’s going on in their daily lives. I consider myself a listener for storytellers.

Sometimes I see myself as a reader, and sometimes I am the pen. For an editor, I try to be a hard-working journalist. I try to show them respect by valuing their time and accepting the constructive criticism they provide.

For some bosses, I will simply be an employee. I don’t care if they think I’m the friendliest employee they’ve ever had. However, I care about the work that I do and that I fulfill everything that is asked of me.

If my employer expects my best work, I don’t need his fake kindness, but rather his honest criticism. I care less about the pat on the back than how long he took to answer my call because he knew it must be important.

For me, it’s respectful because it shows that he believes in my desire to be better. And, ultimately, that’s what we all want, isn’t it?

Dakota Johnson wants “heart” in Madame Web | Entertainment Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:46:26 +0000

Dakota Johnson wants to bring “heart” to “Madame Web”.

The 32-year-old actress will play the character in an upcoming film set in Sony’s Spider-Man universe and explained that she wanted to bring elements of smaller projects to the blockbuster.

In an interview with Collider, Dakota said, “I guess having experience on all levels of movies, maybe I can bring stuff from the little movies to the big movies that I want to see in them, you know. I really like to see big-big films that still have heart in them.”

The ‘Fifty Shades’ star explained that the cast members of his recent ‘Am I OK?’ and ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ will join her in the SJ Clarkson film.

Dakota explained, “The people from ‘Cha Cha (Real Smooth)’ and some from ‘Am I Okay?’ come on ‘Madame Web’ with me. It’s cool. It’s fun to be able to start building a real crew of people who make movies.”

In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman connected to a life support system that resembles a spider’s web.

Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web has never actively fought villains, and insiders have pointed out that the project may turn into something else.

The film is also set to star Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor and Tahar Rahim and the ‘Euphoria’ actress has revealed she did a lot of research for her role.

When asked if she had read the source material, Sydney replied, “Yeah. I ordered a bunch of comics. There’s a lot to learn.”

The actress revealed that she was a big fan of Marvel and Sony superhero movies and watched them regularly growing up.

Sydney, 24, explained: “I’ve always been a huge fan of all the Marvel and Sony Universe movies. I grew up watching them all and I’ve been engulfed in the world all my life, so To be able to be part of it is such an amazing, amazing thing.”

Notre Dame stuns Tennessee, advances to World Series Mon, 13 Jun 2022 23:02:34 +0000

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Notre Dame players celebrate after defeating Tennessee in an NCAA College Baseball Super Regional game, Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Knoxville, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie Jack Findlay pitched five shutout innings in relief and back-to-back homers from catcher David LaManna and Jack Brannigan in the seventh spurred Notre Dame to a stunning 7-3 victory over the No. 1 overall leader Tennessee series during Sunday’s Knoxville Super Regional championship game.

Notre Dame (40-15) will make just its third College World Series appearance. Further Fighting Irish voyages were in 1957 and 2002.

Findlay (6-2) worked on a block after entering the game late in the fifth inning with no outs, a run and a runner at second, trailing 3-1. Findlay held the Volunteers in check from there, allowing a single and two walks while striking out four. He ended the match with a double play.

Findlay’s efforts on the mound gave Notre Dame an opportunity to rally.

Carter Putz doubled Volunteers starter Chase Burns (8-2) with one out in the top of the seventh and scored on LaManna’s two-out shot to right field to tie the game at 3-3. Brannigan followed with a free kick to left center at 1-2.

Findlay retired the team in order and Notre Dame added three big insurance runs in the eighth.

Camden Sewell hit Brooks Coetzee with a pitch to open the inning. Spencer Myers’ sacrifice bunt moved Coetzee to second overall. Ryan Cole reached first and Coetzee held on a throw error from Vols third baseman Trey Lipscomb. Kirby Connell replaced Sewell and the runners advanced on a sack bunt by Jared Miller. Putz hit the first pitch he saw for a two-run brace and Jack Zyska singled Putz to cap the score. The three points were not earned.

Luc Lipcius homered in the first to give the Vols a 1-0 lead. LeManna tied it with an RBI pitch in the second. Seth Stephenson’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning and a fifth-inning brace put Tennessee up 3-1.

Notre Dame head coach Link Jarrett touted Tennessee as “the No. 1 best team in all of college sports this year” entering the super regional. Instead, for the first time in 20 years, the Irish will be playing in the CWS.

Tennessee (57-9) was chasing its second-straight CWS spot and sixth-place finish overall. Notre Dame beat the Volunteers 8-6 on Friday. Tennessee won Game 2 12-4. The Volunteers led the nation in home runs and earned run average entering super regional play. Tennessee entered the game 49-0 leading after six innings.

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Strong Newspapers Help Strengthen Democracy Sat, 11 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0000

Who can you believe these days?

Unfortunately, a combination of high-tech algorithms capable of predicting the way you think and the motivation to say anything in the pursuit of political power has sown confusion on how to separate truth from fiction, the left from the right, the conservatives from the liberals.

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Unfortunately, we live in a time when political, social and public health issues are tearing apart our sense of community.

Accurate information strengthens our democracy, and we must fight vigorously to ensure that everyone knows which media platforms publish credible information and which simply do not care about accuracy. I believe most of them don’t care.

Trust in the media has declined sharply in recent years as users do not trust the accuracy of journalism. Good journalism is seen as content that is ethical, accurate, independent and often critical of the public interest.

Strong and accurate logs are key to strengthening our democracy. Between 2004 and today, 2,200 newspapers have closed and another 80 have closed since the start of the pandemic. The country now has 50% fewer newspapers and journalists than in 2008.

The Pew Research Center concluded that eight out of 10 Americans now get news from their cellphones.

The more rushed news is online, the more inaccurate it is likely to be.

People grew accustomed to getting most of their news from radio, newspapers and television before the internet became so ubiquitous.

It is important to recognize this fundamental truth: many people today do not understand the difference between news sources and news platforms.

The platforms were meant to serve as a town hall bulletin board for anyone to post almost anything, be it misinformation (the poster doesn’t know if the news is true or false, but the still publishes) or disinformation (the poster knows that his news is false, but publishes it anyway).

Popular consumer platforms include Facebook (Meta), Google (Alphabet), Instagram, LinkedIn, NextDoor, Reddit, SnapChat, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube. They don’t have to worry about accuracy and can’t be held responsible for what they post. Why? Because they are not the source of their news content.

Congress unwittingly shielded bad actors from disseminating information by passing the Communication Decency Act – specifically Section 230 – in 1996. As the Internet grew, Congress thought that this would improve communication if news platforms were not treated as publishers and would therefore not be liable for defamation. or defamation.

These 26 words from Section 230 helped create the internet but also led to the birth of large-scale misinformation:

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service should be considered the publisher or speaker of information provided by another information content provider.”

This means that Facebook and other platforms cannot be held responsible for what they post. And after posting, they are not responsible for removing it.

An example of the latter came in July 2005, when the US Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act, introduced by Colorado Rep. John Salazar, to address the problem of people falsely claiming online that they were heroes of war.

The Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 that the federal government would not regulate free speech even if the publisher knew what it was publishing was false.

Good journalists and news outlets don’t publish one-sided stories, try to be fair to all sides of a story, and try to present enough information so readers can decide for themselves who they’re into. believe. When they fail to meet these standards, they often issue a correction or retraction as soon as possible.

Many people deliberately distribute inaccurate information and try to change the way people think as they go to the polls.

People are turning away from confusing things like government recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations. When many social media platforms were telling us that vaccines and COVID-19 were hoaxes, it led to mass confusion.

Why is good journalism important? Provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments. For democracy to work, we need informed citizens.

Good journalism strives for accurate content, strong ethical practices, and serving the public interest.

There are things we can do to ensure that ethical and accurate journalism prevails.

Lobby all media platforms to better vet their sites against misinformation and take them down immediately when someone reports it.

Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told congressional hearings in 2020 that social media companies need more government guidance and regulation to tackle the growing online content problem. harmful or misleading.

Until Congress acts or the platforms do so independently, here are some questions we should ask ourselves when reading or viewing social platforms:

  • Who publishes it?
  • What information do they share?
  • What is their intention?

False or misleading news stories often contain unverifiable information, articles written by non-experts, articles that appeal to emotion rather than state facts, and information from unreliable platforms.

Show me your news sources – not your news platforms – and I’ll show you your political leanings and where you stand on today’s most pressing issues.

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