The Role of the Media in The Divide and Animosity We See in Politics

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Editorial, Opinion

The Role of the Media in The Divide and Animosity We See in Politics

By Emanuela Palmares

Since 1999, we have worked to build bridges and join cultures, informing our community regardless of origin, but with a primary focus on connecting immigrants to the communities they have chosen to call home.

During election years, we reflect on the role of the media in the divide and animosity we see in politics in our country today. We live in an era in which it is almost impossible for readers to discern what is an editorial and what is a news article. Everything is soaked in opinion, peppered in with facts, and sprinkled with bias.

Is it our role to tell our community who to vote for, or just to vote? Is it our role to say which candidates are good or bad, or is it just to inform the public what they stand for?

Are we underestimating the depth and breath of our community and its diversity, along political, racial, gender, religious or class lines?

How do we insulate the reader from our own personal opinions, when by virtue of just pulling a lever at a voting booth, a reporter is taking sides, and cannot be objective?

How are readers to distinguish between what a paper tells them to do on Election Day and an allegedly fair report on the race itself in the news pages? Those lines are blurred in the minds of readers, and in the minds of candidates.

How do we protect our own individual rights as staff members of Tribuna to have our personal opinions and be involved in many arenas in our community without adding to such fog?

To me, the answer lies in the utmost respect for the more than 20 years of trust our readers have given us, knowing that we respect them as individuals, just as they respect us as a reliable source of information and facts, not just opinion.

Therefore, Tribuna will not be endorsing any candidates. But we will continue to report on all races, in English, Portuguese and Spanish, encourage civic engagement and shine a light on exercising one’s right to vote as the most powerful expression of U.S. citizenship.

In this issue, we will provide our readers with a side-by-side comparison of where the two major party candidates for governor stand on what we believe is the most pressing issue of this election cycle – reforming Connecticut’s tax system. The information was gathered from both candidates’ official websites as well as statements made in public debates. The candidates are displayed in alphabetical order and both have statements under the 475-word limit.

For more information on the 2018 elections, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find out if you are registered to vote and where your polling place is located at https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS.

For a complete list of all candidates on your ballot, visit https://uselections.com/ct/ct.htm.

 

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October 24, 2018

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