LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | We need a free press today as much as in Nixon's day

THE POST | Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham.
THE POST | Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham.

A truly free press

We’ve just seen Spielberg’s The Post. with Meryl Streep as the publisher of The Washington Post and Tom Hanks as editor. A great movie about a free and independent press and its importance to a sound democracy. I lived through the era of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate in the '70s.

I admired their conviction to the craft and the principle of a free press standing up to business and self-interest. It’s essential to the success of any democracy and it saddens me that political and business interests have become the influence we currently see across some print and TV media. Transparency and good journalism in any society greatly benefits us all. Sadly, the great craft of journalism is slowly being overtaken by commentators. Journalists are at the coalface and the only people who can keep politicians honest and to account. An honest journalist is a great asset to any democracy. Love your work.

  • Geoff Thomas, Abbotsbury

Interpretation disputed

I’m a retiree, 75. I love the Champion. I prefer your police reports on page 2 to others’. Regarding the two opposing views on marriage-equality in your paper recently and your comment: Ezekiel  16 speaks not of Sodom and Gomorrah but of the wickedness of Judah. Perhaps you were given a wrong reference. The wickedness of Sodom and its destruction is in Genesis 18:16  to 19:29. Reference to male homosexuality or sodomy is in the early part of Genesis 19. Other references are Genesis 13:13, Leviticus 18:22, Deuteronomy 23:18 and Romans 1:24–27. Not all believe in the God of the Christian, Hebrew or Islamic faiths. Many ignore belief in a supreme being and rely on science and the Big Bang to explain our existence. I hope these Biblical references will redirect your thoughts. Regardless, we are to love people, not their preferences. God bless you and your staff and keep up the quality of this paper.

  • Alan Green, Hammondville
  • Thank you for your comments and courtesy. Nevertheless, I stand by Ezekiel 16:49 “This was the sin of Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” No mention of homosexuality. – Ian Horner, Editor

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