No country can have good government, or a healthy public square, without high-quality journalism. Journalism that can distinguish a fact from a belief and opinion. One that understands that the purpose of opinion isn’t to depart from facts but to use them as a bridge to a larger idea called “truth”.
Journalism that is grounded in facts while abounding in disagreements.
It requires publishers who understand that their role ought not to be.
Their role is to clarify the terms of debate by championing aggressive and objective news reporting, and improve the quality of debate with commentary that opens minds and challenges assumptions rather than merely confirming them.
And that sir is what’s wrong with your free press, the lack of open minds.