We Stand for the Rights of the People to be Heard

Pioneer Staff 

   There’s a verse in the Bible, Ezekiel 33.6 that says: “But if the watchman see the sword come and blow not the trumpet and the people be not warned, if the sword take any person from among them…his blood will I require at the watchman’s hands.”

    The media’s job is to be the “watchman”, the guardian of truth, the investigator of wrongs, whether they are committed by individuals, corporations or government.  The media should be the well-read, the analytical thinkers, the risk-takers, truth-seekers and liberty protectors.  The purpose of the news in a society is to be a check on the abuses of the powerful and to keep the public informed with what they need to know to be free and self-governing.  A journalist’s first obligation is the truth and their first loyalty should be to the citizens.

   Unfortunately, those high ideals don’t sell to enough people these days, so instead we have a mostly bought-off media pandering to scandals, gossip and sensationalism instead of reporting on the overwhelming issues that effect our way of life, health, safety and future.  Over 99% of all media today is owned by 5 or 6 corporations that have ties to everything from the oil industry to the food and drug industries.  Private corporations that decide what the news is with profit as the main motive.  No longer is the news thought of as the “watchman” of liberty and freedom.  Instead, the media is considered co-conspirators in pulling the wool over the eyes of the people.  A prime example of this is the lack of media attention to ALL of the candidates who were running for President.  What happened to the public’s right to know? 

   The Pioneer is a privately owned paper that still believes the people have a right to the truth, regardless of who pays the bills or who might be upset.  We believe that the citizens need to be heard, not the politicians, the government, the corporate-controlled business world.  The people are supposed to be the rulers of this country that was founded on the belief that we be self-governing.  Unless the people are heard, indeed, unless the people stand up and shout out the truth, we will become the servants of the elite.  Unless the media return to being the “watchmen” of the truth and sounding out the warning trumpet, unless the public demands their right to be informed and their right to be heard, we will become a nation of puppets whose strings are pulled by our masters.  This great country will be just another failed democracy controlled by dictators and fascists.  Many believe we are well on the way already.

   It is our intent to bring to light that which is hidden from the view of the people.  We believe that the media should still serve as watchdogs on government, businesses and all leaders and the people should expect us to bring them the information needed to enable them to make informed decisions on the issues we face.  It may not be pretty or pleasant and it may fuel controversy and dissent.  That’s what makes this country great.  To disagree and debate the issues are fundamental rights that are being denied us in the name of “national security”.

   The definition of the word pioneer means: One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle; One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development; One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow; as pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform.  We are proud to be The Pioneer and we invite you, the people, to join us in our quest for the truth. 

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