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A moment of silence

Posted Friday, July 6, 2018, at 12:00 AM
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  • Well I think I have mixed feelings on this! I don't know what you are talking about Chris wrote... I haven't looked back but I will then I'll probably wish I hadn't wrote this... with that in mind... Yes the Newspaper did their job they voiced their opinion on the mans troubles... its easy to kick a man when he's down but does anyone ever try to reach out and help that individual? he has those same rights did anyone get his opinion in an article did they try to show both sides of the story? Yes the Newspaper did their job they expressed their 1st amendment rights but at what cost? the newspaper ran the very next morning as if nothing to see here! how disrespectful for those who were gunned down doing their job! as I said I think everyone should see both sides to every story... not just the one side... freedom of speech... it comes at a cost.

    -- Posted by Common sense... on Tue, Aug 7, 2018, at 11:50 AM
  • Hi, Common Sense. I acknowledge that you have your own views on the subject, but in my column, I tried to focus not on whether or not the newspaper's handling of the gunman's case leading up to the shooting was fair. I felt, and still feel, that the "cost" of free speech, as you referred to it, should never be bloodshed of people trying to do their job. None of the journalists gunned down by Ramos had never so much as written about him.

    Also, a paper was printed the following day not because they were trying to sweep anything under the rug, but to spite the gunman. I'm sure you have heard this before, but the people who seek to harm us only win if we let them change our way of life. The best way to honor the fallen was to keep the gunman from getting what he really wanted--for the Gazette to shut its doors and stop producing stories. This may be the first shooting to take place in a newsroom, at least in recent memory, to take place on American soil--but for journalists to be imprisoned, tortured and killed overseas by governments and groups who sought to silence them is not at all a new concept. The ingrained response is to keep going.

    As always, thank you for taking the time to read my column. I can only give you my perspective as a journalist. Here is more reading on the subject if you are interested.


    -- Posted by kinman on Tue, Aug 7, 2018, at 3:48 PM
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