Is The News Star the New Nixon?

It seems that The (Monroe, LA) News Star – more properly The (Monroe,LA) Mayor Jamie Mayo Mouthpiece – has taken a page from former President Richard Nixon’s book, and blames the whistle-blower, rather than the culprit. In today’s editorial, the Mouthpiece wondered about the snitch, and much of its news coverage all week worried about who told, rather than McAllister’s misdeeds.

Over forty years ago, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, in what became one of the most celebrated First Amendment Supreme Court decisions in history. Wrote Justice Hugo Black in his opinion:

Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people…

The “journalism community” lauded Ellsberg as a hero for “speaking truth to power.”

Nixon sicced the FBI on Ellsberg, and he was charged with espionage. The charges were later dropped after the government was shown to have illegally gathered evidence, among other misconduct.

In the McAllister scandal, the area’s daily newspaper demonized the whistle-blower in an effort to shoot the messenger. Instead of a watchdog for the taxpaying citizens, the Mouthpiece is the leading voice for coverup and excuses for governmental misdeeds.

But then, the Mouthpiece, and its parent company Gannett, is well known for its lack of “journalistic integrity.”

About the Ouachita Citizen and Sam Hanna, Jr.

Long-time readers of this newsblog are familiar with the problems we have had with the “real” news media. We never have shied from calling out their misdeeds, nor will we do so in the future.

But in this case, The Ouachita Citizen and its Publisher Sam Hanna, Jr. are to be commended for having the courage to report what is obviously a highly controversial story.

The First Amendment means just what it says, and it stays healthy when people use it freely.

You done good, Sammy.

8 Responses to “Is The News Star the New Nixon?”

  1. Kim Says:

    This is the only way Sammy can report the news if it falls from the sky into his lap…

  2. Dan Burson Says:

    Lincoln parish sheriffs office is full of dishonest corrupt little Nixons—–they are cowards because they already failed to tell the truth—-IT IS A FACT.

    Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:07 +0000 To:

    • Anonymous Says:

      Oh, please. Either give names, dates, and facts or shut up already. You’ve been ranting for months and told us nothing.

  3. Bob Says:

    Are you writing a story on Bob Levy’s extortion racket up in Union Parish?

  4. TruthBeTold Says:

    The News-Star is a pitiful excuse for a newspaper, where serious news is concerned. Everything, and I mean everything, the government and public officials do, should rightfully be challenged. if they cannot or will not explain, present facts, and defend their actions, these actions should not happen. This is the basic accountability the leaders of any free society based on democratic principles owes its citizens. Citizens have a right (and responsibility) to demand it. The media is the go-between, in that they help citizens get the information needed to make good choices and decisions in their roles as self-governors.
    The media have about completely abrogated this responsibility, and are either covering for or at least slow-pitching when they ought to be doing serious investigative reporting and analysis. So often times, now, the media are promoting a point of view, rather then supplying objective, truthful information.

  5. Dan Burson Says:

    sounds like the political corruption in Lincoln parish.

    Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:07 +0000 To:

  6. Dan Burson Says:

    yeah but Lincoln parish IS the old Nixon.

    Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:07 +0000 To:

    • Oldman Says:

      Mr. Burson what is your problem? Spit it out and tell us what you want.You are always talking about Lincoln Parish,let us know what’s wrong and why you are upset.

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