Letter: First Amendment should get more respect

To the editor:

“Facts and truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy.” — Dan Rather

I went to school quite a few years ago, but I do remember that the math and science I was taught was based on hard facts and data. Two plus two equals four then and still today. We cannot blindly believe tweets and demonize the free press, calling it fake news if it is in contrast to those tweets.

So much credence is paid to the Second Amendment, and it is a very important part of whom we are, but the First Amendment should be given at least as much respect, because what do we have left to defend if “we, the people” become isolated factions at each other’s throats?

There is a lot of information out there today competing with actual news. Social media in the form of blogs, tweets, fake news sites and much more. We need to think about the source and its motivation. News services have a duty to provide us with reporting that shows us what is really happening in our world.

This has worked pretty well for hundreds of years, but is now being maligned as an enemy and jumbled in with non-fact-based information.

Please look at the source and likely motivations. It could be financial, power or just ego. Then look at the risk legitimate news outlets would be taking by making things up. They have everything to lose by doing so.

Randall Wenstadt,