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Editorial: Why the watchdog role of the press matters



Today marks the end of The Augusta Press’s 20th month in publication. We have a year and two-thirds under our belt, and it seems as if it might be time to write again about the purpose of newspapers generally and this newspaper in particular.

Historically, the purpose of American newspapers has ...

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  1. I guess getting my name mentioned (by the worst mayor Augusta has ever had) in a open commission meeting means I’m reading the right news and making the right comments…keep up the good work and keep holding their feet to the fire!!!

  2. I’ll be honest….I didn’t read this entire article, and I really didn’t feel I had to. For one point, I totally agree that the public needs the press to be a watchdog and announce any scandals or malfeasance it finds. However, just like people, there are the “good” press and there are the “bad” press. Sadly, because of the “bad”, unreliable, and extremely biased press (CNN), the “good” press gets overshadowed and lumped into the bad category. The intelligent and rational public has no choice but to second-guess almost everything any press reports.
    So, with that in mind, the “good” press needs to also start examining and “outing” all media outlets, including their own reporters. If you really want the public to trust the press again, this is the cost. And it’s your own fault.

  3. I am so very happy that I came to find out about TAP.
    I had canceled my subscription to the Augusta Journal, after it changed hands and became a mini version of the Washington Post. Please keep up your accurate and unbiased writing about everything Augusta. Thank you.

  4. Some days the content I’m interested in is scant. Most days for that matter. However, I’m very grateful for TAP keeping the light shining on local government. We need you and I look forward to the continued growth of TAP with more news and articles.

  5. Under the past Augusta Chronicle we had one of if not the best conservative news papers in the country. Since Gannett took control it’s no different than The New York Times. The purpose of news of any kind is supposed to be non biased, but unfortunately most of it now is left wing socialist propaganda. Thanks TAP for your honest journalism.

  6. When I gave up my 40+ year subscription to the AC, I began looking for a paper that reminded me of what the AC used to be. Unbiased, informative, full of news and willing to keep politicians feet to the fire. I’m very happy I decided to give TAP a chance. I look forward every day to reading about our town and the surrounding areas. I expect to keep subscribing for the next 40+ years.

  7. Sorry, fat finger error – I cancelled my 40+ year subscription to the Augusta Chronicle after Sylvia Cooper left that paper. I am so thankful for The Augusta Press, finding the content to be informative and entertaining ( thanks Sylvia).

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