NOTE: April 3, 2018: I am serving as Campaign / Communications Director for Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 46, which includes 3 Appalachian counties – Avery, Burke and Caldwell. I am also Political Director for the Caldwell County Democratic Party. These activities are consistent with my objective to support progressive environmental and social justice policies in Appalachia.
Impartiality is no longer an option. While it’s not news, 2016 reminded us that elections matter. How we care for the poor and vulnerable, how we protect the sacred earth which sustains us, how we protect human rights, how we care for the alien among us, and how we treat each other in the body politic and the “public square” of social media, require that I choose a side.
Our objective is to offer insightful reporting and thought-provoking commentary on the vital issues affecting Appalachia.
Rather than reinvent the wheel regarding ethical standards, we embrace the standards of public broadcasting, which state in part, “At all times, we report for our readers and listeners, not our sources. So our primary consideration when presenting the news is that we are fair to the truth. If our sources try to mislead us or put a false spin on the information they give us, we tell our audience. If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side, we acknowledge it in our reports. We strive to give our audience confidence that all sides have been considered and represented fairly.”
Regarding our reports and op-ed pieces about the fossil fuel industry, I wrote this. It, too, guides our writing.
– Michael M. Barrick