Newspapers continue to be a great source of community, county, state and national news for readers – now more than ever.
With “fake news” and “alternative facts” being thrown into our lexicon these days, real news is scarce – and we’re sorry, but you just can’t get real news from media sites. social.
Well, maybe you can, but good luck sorting out the real news from the “fake news” and “alternative facts.”
The Joshua James case is a perfect example.
Do a search on his name, followed by Oath Keepers, and you get dozens of links to “stories”, on all sorts of websites most of us have never heard of.
James is the Arab charged in the uprising or the uprising or the January 6 protest or whatever you want to call it.
He is one of more than 700 people charged.
The Arab man is charged with some pretty serious crimes, but he hasn’t had his day in court yet, so we haven’t taken a position on the case – not once.
The Tribune has not written a single opinion piece on the case – no matter what those supporting Mr James would have you believe with their social media misinformation.
The fact is that our articles on Mr. James’ case that have been published in the Tribune come from the actual charging documents, federal grand jury indictments and press releases sent out by the US Department of Justice. .
The DOJ, which is made up of career prosecutors, is the government agency bringing the charges against Mr. James. These charges came from a grand jury made up of residents of the Washington, DC area.
It was this grand jury that indicted Mr. James on the federal charges he faces. It’s a Washington grand jury because the alleged crimes happened in Washington.
If the alleged crimes had taken place in Guntersville or Arab or Albertville, a federal grand jury in Birmingham or Huntsville would have taken over the case.
The Tribune has not editorialized on the guilt or innocence of Mr. James, and it will not. It will depend on a jury.
With social media – what started out as a fun way to keep in touch with family and friends by sharing holiday and birthday photos has turned into a vehicle for lies, not to mention rude politics. – from the right, from the left and from the middle.
Which brings us back to newspapers – especially The Arab Tribune. The Tribune is your only local news source that you can absolutely trust because it is based on facts – not opinions, other than the columns and letters on the Mountain Views page – the “Opinion Page “.
Every news and sports report in the Tribune is derived from:
• Interviews with real people in the community;
• Arab police reports;
• reports from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office;
• Cullman County Sheriff’s Office;
• Morgan County Sheriff’s Office;
• School board meetings;
• Meetings of the municipal council;
• Meetings of departmental commissions;
• Interviews with district attorneys;
• Press Releases;
• Other reliable sources checked.
We at the Tribune take our role in the community seriously.
That’s not to say we don’t “miss it” once in a while. We do. But, anything that rightfully needs to be fixed – if we know it – will be fixed.
We will never intentionally post false information.
We are not trying to “catch” anyone. Yes, we publish the names of those arrested, but we do not try to “catch” them. We are simply doing the job of newspapers – informing our readers.
We really appreciate you reading The Arab Tribune, which will soon be in its 65th year. We really appreciate your shopping at the businesses that advertise on these pages.
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You can trust what you read in the Tribune. You might not like what you read, but you can bet it will be based on facts.