Editorial: There is no doubt people will chase the facts they want

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The editorial cartoon this week struck a cord as I was reminded that, by and large, the American way is to get angry before due process. We’ve seen it for years. There are countless allegations that have been made or events that have stirred controversy. National media airs the controversy and everyone is up in arms. There is no changing the minds of the American people after we come to a conclusion.

There is a quote in the HBO series “The Newsroom” that I always remember as a journalist. The show stars Jeff Daniels as news anchor Will McAvoy. In a particular scene about changing the way the media conglomerate portrays the news, McAvoy says, “People choose the facts they want.”

That is an unfortunate truth in this country.

With that, midterm elections are coming up in just under six weeks. On Nov. 6, Alabamians will elect a new Governor, state legislators and other decision makers. There’s no better time than now to hear what candidates have to say about their own platforms, but also about their opposition.

Political advertising will start soon, if you haven’t seen a few ads already. There will be candidates who share their own values, but statewide, there are sure to be candidates who also talk about their opposition – and probably not in the best light.

Thankfully, in East Alabama, I’ve not seen many election cycles where candidates have resorted to smear campaigns to win their positions. I’ve been a reporter for The Citizen through at least six general elections, and I’m thankful to be able to say that. If you’ve been in this community for any length of time, you probably already know the candidates pretty well anyway.

As we gear up to vote on Nov. 6, I urge you to research candidates and consider their platform before casting your ballot. Let’s prove the political cartoon wrong. Let’s begin to make informed decisions by listening to all the facts and not just choosing our own.

By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor