Letters to the Editor

Essentials of democracy are gradually disappearing

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Maria on May 28. Laura Dickinson
Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Maria on May 28. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Last night, I watched, for the second time, the movie “Good Night and Good Luck,” about the distinguished journalistic career of Edward R. Murrow. Given our current presidential campaign, I wondered: How can the press allow candidates to deny things they’ve done in the past, even when caught on video, and refuse to respond to relevant questions and instead pivot to canned answers?

Nobody holds them responsible. Many of our journalists seem afraid to confront powerful people and unwilling to investigate. They party with politicians and toss softball questions, becoming part of the problem. A free press is an essential part of a true democracy, along with the separation of church and state, and three separate and independent branches of government. But it appears that all these essentials are gradually disappearing in our democracy.

Two out of our remaining three presidential candidates are more concerned with their own personal gain than the future of our country. People talk as if Bernie Sanders has already been forgotten. But he is the only one of the three who gets it right, who is running for the future of our democracy and trying to prevent our sure demise.

Michele Reed, Paso Robles

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