Very important open letter to WND’s friends
Dear WND reader,
As we enter the last year of the disastrous Obama administration, it’s incredible to behold what has happened to America. Just 25 years ago, Ronald Reagan was president, the Berlin Wall was being torn down, our nation was stronger than ever, our economy robust. It was “morning in America.” What a wonderful time that was – I remember it well.
Today, we endure daily news of the outrageously lawless and perverse Obama presidency – ignoring Congress and declaring amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the manner of an emperor; his weak and timid response to a fast-metastasizing Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, bent on Christian genocide and all manner of brutality; a wide-open southern border, allowing terrorists and criminals to freely enter our national home; as well as the usual variety of manufactured crises, economic chaos, cascading scandals, “high crimes” and rising calls for impeachment. But in truth, the entire Obama presidency is one huge scandal, leading our great nation into utter financial, political, cultural and spiritual catastrophe.
How did we fall so rapidly? There are many factors, of course, but one of the most egregious, consequential and disgraceful has been our news media, whom we trust to simply tell us what is really going on, without fear or favor. But the press has totally betrayed our trust.
As I wrote in “The Marketing of Evil,” “no institution is more complicit in making evil appear good and good appear evil” than the news media.
However, if there’s one bit of good news in today’s America, if there’s one chance to reclaim our nation, one trend that is truly hopeful, it’s the growth of a genuinely truth-oriented, pro-American alternative media to counteract the pathetic performance of the elite, “mainstream” press.
For 18 years, WND has been at the forefront of this movement. Almost alone among today’s journalism organizations, WND has summoned the raw courage to report crucial stories that almost no one else – liberal or conservative – will touch. For example, we defend, in a professional journalistic way, the Judeo-Christian moral foundation of America and don’t pretend sexual anarchy and perversion are somehow normal and wholesome.
Are you concerned about illegal immigration, border security and amnesty? WND’s been reporting on it like no one else for almost two decades. Worried about surveillance and the developing police state in America? We’ve been tracking it and reporting on it since the latter years of the last century! Concerned about Islamic terrorism and jihad? WND was reporting on this in-depth, when no one else was, long before Sept. 11, 2001.
In truth, you cannot have a free country without a free press. Yet most of America’s “big media” today have devolved into a de facto government propaganda ministry. And even most of the “conservative” media are afraid to cover the really consequential stories that – while important to the nation – can also exact a price from news organizations reporting them, in terms of threats, ridicule, boycotts, lawsuits and financial loss.
We believe WND is the kind of news organization America’s founders would have approved. We don’t mock patriotic Americans and tea partiers trying to set their country right. We don’t rewrite White House press releases and call it news. We don’t bow and scrape before President Obama or anyone else. We don’t pretend abortion is OK, or that same-sex marriage is good, or that global warming is “proven science,” or that more government is the solution to all problems, or that Palestinian leaders want peace, or that the Constitution is old-fashioned, or that the “Federal Reserve” is good for America. In short, we’re not politically correct and we have no sacred cows. Instead, our team of experienced, professional journalists strives to do one thing – to tell the truth that Americans desperately need and deserve to hear.
Now, many of you read WND every day, you appreciate it, you trust it, you wouldn’t want to be without it. For that we are endlessly grateful.
But what you might not realize is that what we do is very difficult and costly. It isn’t easy reporting the important stories no one else will, taking on the media elite, slaying the dragons of political correctness, bucking the tide of conventional wisdom, and constantly challenging tyranny, injustice and lies.
If you believe, as Thomas Jefferson did, that “the only security of all is in a free press,” and if you want to see major growth in WND’s kind of courageous, watchdog reporting – rather than the submissive, lapdog approach coming from what Rush Limbaugh calls today’s “state-run media” – I’m asking you to consider becoming a WND “subscriber.”
But wait, you say, I thought WND was free. Yes, it is free, and will remain that way. However, here’s what I’m getting at:
Traditionally, newspapers have relied not only on advertising, but also on reader subscriptions for financial support. But in the Internet age, we find we can deliver the news to far more people by keeping the service free. Does that mean we have to lose the needed subscription revenue? Not necessarily.
It’s a time-honored tradition in the newspaper business that free newspapers ask for voluntary subscriptions. As a rule, satisfied readers who depend on a free publication for their news don’t mind paying a little bit for it.
That’s why voluntary subscription donations have been the lifeblood of many “free” newspapers over the years – it’s the honor system, you might say.
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