COMMENTARY: As doubts about press grow, local news retains trust

Malheur Enterprise staff - August 2019

As the country readies for nationally televised impeachment hearings, America’s trust in the press is more in doubt than ever.

For those of us in the profession, that’s deeply troubling.

If readers don’t trust what we report, the hard work of ferreting out the truth is just so much typing practice.

More importantly, citizens are left struggling to find truth on which to agree and then to act. When facts are in dispute, whether it’s over immigration, drug addiction or homelessness, debate becomes immobilized. That’s not good for Malheur County or for Oregon.

A new study shows signs of hope, at least when it comes to the local press.

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