Even though I consider myself very opinionated, there are times when I'm not sure what the right answer to a situation is. As I get older, things appear less and less black and white and it's no longer easy to come down on one side of an issue or another.
This is the recent state of affairs regarding a post I made a few days ago. Someone named James had commented to my post about Mayor Anderson's Freedom Forum on "The Right to Criticize the Government", saying:
He's not a first amendment hero, he's a political hypocrite who dresses himself up as a martyr when a blogger criticizes his views against the government
then turns around and blacklists journalists who are critical of his own administration.
It makes me ill. Especiall when those of us who should be joining the outrage worship him for taking pot- shots at shared political enemies instead of focusing on important things like freedom of speech in SLC
I asked for more information and was refered to a blog that refered to an article in the Deseret News, which stated that Mayor Anderson hadn't returned calls to anyone from the Deseret News. I emailed that reporter, who wrote me back yesterday:
It is true that Mayor Anderson and his spokesman are no longer returning our calls. They haven't for 13 days now. They still do send us press releases, however.
My first reaction to that was that comment was that it was hypocritical of Rocky to claim to be defending free speech on the one hand and punishing others for using it. It reminded me one of the tactics that Bush himself uses: keeping away reporters out of press conferences that ask the hard questions.
Then I had a conversation with someone who works for an organization that no longer talks to the DNews either. They've had many problems with exagerated headlines and misrepresentations and distortions.
Since that conversation I've gone back and forth between the two ideas, and I can say that I'm not sure what the answer is. Putting myself in that position, I would have a hard time continuing to respond to a media outlet that I felt distorted what I was saying or taking things out of context. But free speech and media access are important too.
So around and around my thoughts are going, and I'm nearly getting a headache trying to figure out what I would do in Rocky's place.
Update: I have emailed Mayor Anderson's office to get their side of the story. It may take a few days before I hear back.
[I'd like to see some others' views on this. Please feel free to comment to this post (click on speak below) and let me know what you think. If you don't have a LiveJournal account, please put your first name or initials in your comment so that I don't think of you as "anonymous". Also, please keep it respectful; no ad hominem attacks. Thanks.]