Op-Ed: Freedom of the press is essential

By Robert Hoffman

By launching Bluebonnet News, readers may want to know the editorial philosophy and approach of the new online newspaper. The philosophical foundations of this publication rest on the belief that the public has a right to know the truth.

Notwithstanding many publications that report inexcusably narrow and inexplicably one-sided information, editor Vanesa Brashier and her writers will publish lively stories about the local community to promote dialogue, debate and discussion.

The press in general reflects and emanates human freedom. Reciprocally, a free presses’ essence of freedom always mirrors and refracts in people who read a newspaper searching for truth. Therefore, an excellent publication must have high reporting and editing standards with its incisive stories.

What happens to an unsuspecting public when they read partial, bias, and awry information? They form distorted opinions and draw wrong conclusions about subjects and conditions. If an authority censors or deletes information, then truth never completely manifests, and that condition leads to ignorance, prejudice, and partiality.

A community cannot grow and flourish with predilection and intolerance. Bluebonnet News will promote enlightenment, insight, and wisdom to better inform people in the surrounding community and sharpen their perceptions. Like all new publications, Bluebonnet News will grow and mature with experience, and will always advance open discussion about issues affecting everyone’s lives.

Readers, appreciate that freedom of the press comes from the long, historical struggle between censorship and humanity’s quest for sincerity and accuracy. Bluebonnet News will use this earned right to always search and report the truth.

Ultimately, the truth shall bear witness to itself.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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