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Restore truth to public discourse

July 4, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Iva Toguri, sometimes known as Tokyo Rose, was only the seventh person in the U.S. convicted of treason. Her crime was spreading propaganda during World War II via broadcasts intended to demoralize Americans and set them against their government.

Propaganda is "information of a false or misleading nature, used to promote a particular political cause." By this definition, much of what is seen and heard on broadcast and social media today is propaganda.

America is in a crisis of truth. From the highest levels of government to the lowest anonymous post, Americans are willfully spreading and sharing propaganda. Public policy in some cases is being based on this misinformation. What once was considered treason is now merely a shoulder shrug.

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) used to have a Fairness Doctrine. It required the holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced.

Truth is not a partisan issue. Restoring the Fairness Doctrine and applying it across print and social media would go a long way to restoring truth and honesty to our national discourse.

Susan McGuire

on behalf of Pine Island ROAR




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