By Mitchel Olszak
The Hendricks County Flyer
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:42 PM EST
Who guards the guardians?
It's a question that dates back at least to ancient Rome. It refers to the notion that someone ought to be keeping an eye on the folks who wield power in society.
To some extent, it's the role of the press to guard the guardians (i.e., politicians) in our society. But to a larger degree, that task ultimately falls upon the citizens themselves.
I often tell people that the only thing newspapers really do is print words. It's up to others to read those words and respond. The most significant news story in the world is useless if no one bothers to read or react to it.
In a democratic society, it's essential that citizens serve as the guards of the guardians, demanding proper conduct. Otherwise, government can deteriorate into dictatorship.
Or it can unravel into an incompetent mess. Sort of what we have now.
In the field of journalism - along with certain non-profit or public interest organizations - a new line of work has arisen related to politics. It's called the fact checker.
It has become a mini industry, as statements by political candidates and campaign commercials are scrutinized for their content in terms of accuracy. Not surprisingly, fact checkers find fault with what politicians of all stripes are telling the American people.
It's not that these politicians are lying - at least not blatantly so. Instead, they massage the truth, put their own spin on reality, or leave out key details the public ought to know.
Considering all the charges and counter charges made in the recent presidential campaign - particularly in terms of who's giving the American people the straight story - you would think that fact checkers would be warmly welcomed by voters looking for clarity and accuracy.
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