Real News Reporting?
“We will support free access, and support open exchange of ideas. We will distinguish clearly news reporting from analysis and opinion.”
Take a look at Mr. Harmon’s response to a press advisory he received from Carol Weston, Maine Director of Americans for Prosperity, informing the public and media about “Obama’s Failing Agenda Bus Tour” coming to Maine on Monday, September 17:
Re: “Obama’s Failing Agenda” Tour Comes to Maine
jeffrey harmon [email@example.com]
To: Carol Weston
The failure is G.O.P. fear-mongering and obstructionism. I suggest digging a large underground complex for any ignorant, deluded individuals who are too lazy or just incapable of reasoning and critical thinking to hide from the real world and wait for the end of days or whatever your current nonsense is about.
Please remove my email from any further communications.
Mr. Harmon’s perspective on the “open exchange of ideas” differs dramatically from the news outlet for which he reports. He has taken it upon himself to decide which news and events Maine people are entitled to know about. His reply, as colorful and intolerant as it was, is very clear. He fears his readers cannot discern for themselves which ideas to embrace. Or maybe he fears his readers will embrace ideas that he disagrees with…
Americans for Prosperity – Maine has removed Mr. Harmon, as he requested, from its press list. But our outreach remains aggressive and robust, and we will continue working to educate Maine citizens about free market solutions.
And we remain committed to a true “open exchange of ideas”.