Powerful press needs to step back and examine its influence

This letter is written in response to Don Heinzman’s viewpoint of what it’s like to be a columnist.

I don’t think anyone doubts the hard work or processes necessary to report the news. I believe the term “fake” news was dubbed to illustrate how blatantly obvious it is news reports are consistently told with a one-sided viewpoint. The choice of stories reported and the words used are commonly geared toward favoring the liberal mindset of the writer who then forwards it to his or her liberal news director who forwards it to their liberal editors who are employed by liberal owners of the media outlets. The check and balance of the entire system is nonexistent because they are all like-minded people. The facts may be accurate, but over- and under-reporting of a news story is frequently based on a particular political party affiliation, that being the far-left Democrat.

Mr. Heinzman admitted that his choice to write about Little League was done because it affected him personally. He was upset that tournaments were being held on Sundays because his granddaughter’s softball game was scheduled on Father’s Day. I don’t doubt that he fact-checked his story and clarified his sources to his editors, but I did notice that he dedicated four paragraphs explaining why he felt holding games on Sundays was wrong and one paragraph explaining the other viewpoint. And this was written as simply a brief example of how he crafts his articles. I can only imagine how the actual article read.

How convenient it is for Mr. Heinzman to be in the position of authority to thoroughly research and express a story he feels so strongly about. Same thing happens with the Hollywood elites, mainstream media and university professors. They have the power and platforms to conveniently and repeatedly express their viewpoints over a very large, impressionable audience. The other side rarely gets heard, is often shouted down and frequently gets wrongly accused of being racist capitalists. The silent majority get their voices heard by voting and then have to endure the insulting, hate-mongering aftermath by the far left who are almost always supported by the far-left media.
I know of a profession who would love the opportunity to explain in writing to a large audience the exact details of what it is like to do their job. Unlike Mr. Heinzman, who has the opportunity to rewrite his story three times to present to his editors and audience, this profession is only afforded one opportunity to get the story right with life and death decisions having to be made in a split second. This makes big news, but only if that story involves a particular race, thereby giving a false impression that it only happens to that particular race and they are being targeted by this one profession. This leads to anger and hate. It is irresponsible of the media not to cover all the stories involving other ethnicities or what it’s like to work in this profession.

Mr. Heinzman doesn’t need to explain how hard he works; he simply needs to step back and understand how his profession has the power to positively or negatively influence society by the words he chooses and the stories he presents; to portray them in a factually based, balanced manner and allow the other side equal consideration. He probably does, but definitely not his colleagues in big media where it matters the most. — Denise Lanthier, Elk River