Two college journalism instructors – one associated with the left side of the political spectrum and the other identified with the right – recently joined forces to support one of their favorite media causes.
Donna Halper is a media historian and educator. Her most recent book is “Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting.” Here’s her message to you:
“I read the New York Times regularly, along with the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
“I also read some of the magazines and websites my conservative friends would dismiss as ‘liberal’ – like the Nation, Salon.com and Alternet.org.
“So, what am I doing on the pages of WorldNetDaily?
“Well, I’m asking those of you who are loyal readers to make your donations to support it. I have, and I would do so again. You see, I am a big fan of Joseph Farah’s publication. I have to admit at times I vehemently disagree with some of his columnists. But I find WorldNetDaily to be a valuable read, and one that I seldom miss. WND is thought-provoking, well-written and intelligent. It takes on the controversial issues and provides an excellent overview to the day’s news.
“WND is unpredictable. It will blow the whistle on an evil-doer of the right as quickly as it will an evil-doer on the left. It is hostage to no ideological viewpoint, but committed to truth-telling.
“And for me, that’s very important because I train journalists at Emerson College in Boston. Part of my commitment is to make sure they see all sides of the issues. I recommend WND to my students, along with the New York Times, the Nation, Salon and others.
“If you are a faithful WND reader, you certainly don’t need me to tell you what a useful and well-written publication it is. But I wanted to write my own praise of WorldNetDaily – and I volunteered to do so, because Joseph Farah and I have exchanged e-mails on a number of issues over the years and I have found him to be unfailingly courteous, even when we don’t see eye to eye.
“So, I wanted to remind you to do your part to help keep WND solvent, because WND is so necessary in times like these. For a democracy to flourish, we all need to be able to get as much information as possible.
“Few countries have the freedom of the press that we have here in the USA, but unfortunately, the press isn’t really ‘free’ – it costs money to keep websites up and running. So, if you love the way WND presents the news, please take the time to offer your support. That way, WND will keep publishing, and I’ll keep having the opportunity to read it and expose my students to it. Thanks for doing the right thing!”
And here’s what Michael Ackley, WND columnist and journalism instructor at California State University at Hayward, had to say:
“A colleague of mine at California State University, Hayward, maintains our system of education is corrupt due to a conspiracy to maintain the status quo.
“An uneducated populace, he would say, is a docile populace.
“While I don’t believe he can sustain the conspiracy theory, his assertion about education is indisputable, which is why I recommend WorldNetDaily to my journalism students.
“I want them to know the difference between education and indoctrination.
“I want them to have access to many ideologies, many analyses, outlooks on the news and many styles of expression and argument.
“They can find these in WND’s commentary section.
“More importantly, they can find different points of view on the news of the day – not just the viewpoints of newspapers in the United States, but also those of foreign journals.
“Want to know how Middle Eastern nations see the conflict in Iraq, how
Europe views environmental issues or how Asian countries are dealing with militant Islamists? The miracle that is the Internet provides entry to their thoughts, and WND makes it easy for its readers by providing the necessary links.
“At home, WND reporting is doing the job I tell my students is the most important task of newspapers – the task the framers intended when they wrote the words “or of the press” into the First Amendment to our Constitution.
“That task is to report on government – particularly government corruption and abuse of power. WND is almost without peer in this regard, for it is truly independent, beholden to no person or party.
“In Washington, D.C., home of the world’s most deeply co-opted news media, it consistently digs out government stories that the ‘mainstream’ press will print only after those stories have cooled sufficiently for them to pretend they have discovered them on their own.
“In short, WND pursues its journalistic mission the way all newspapers should, with a passion for the truth and a devotion to the facts.
“All that WND offers, we can have free, but I’m putting my ‘voluntary subscription’ check in the mail this week. I’m doing so because I remember the words of the hard-bitten, crusading editor/publisher of a weekly where I worked early in my career.
“‘If we don’t make a profit,’ he said of an investigative story, ‘we won’t get to report like this, because we’ll be out of business.’
“My donation to WND won’t be tax deductible, as the newspaper is a
for-profit enterprise. But I know I’ll get a return on my investment, in the form of journalism as it ought to be practiced.”
WorldNetDaily is currently the world’s largest, independent news website, and ranks near the top of all websites of any kind, according to the independent traffic ranking service Alexa.com. In addition, for at least three years WND has been No. 1 among all newssites in time spent per user, and for nearly two years it ranked as the “most popular website in the world” in rankings by the independent European website Global100.com.
“Although you can read WorldNetDaily for free,” said founder and Editor Joseph Farah, “it still needs to be supported, which is we have instituted ‘voluntary subscriptions’ – a time-honored tradition in the newspaper business.”
As a rule, adds Farah, satisfied readers who depend on a news publication for their news don’t mind paying a little bit for it. “In fact, voluntary subscription donations have been the lifeblood of many ‘free’ newspapers over the years,” he said.
To support WND with your “voluntary subscription,” these are the options:
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“If you use a credit card to make your contribution,” said Farah, “we’d like to say thanks by offering you a FREE, three-month trial subscription to our acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine.”
(The three-month trial Whistleblower subscription is worth $22.50, WND’s thank-you for a donation of any amount.)