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 at a premium – and we’re sorry, but you just can’t get real news on social media sites.

Well, maybe you can, but good luck sorting out what is real news and what is “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

The Joshua James case is a perfect example.

Do a search of his name, followed by Oath Keepers, and you get dozens of links to “stories,” on all sorts of websites of which most of us have never heard.

James is the Arab man charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection or uprising or protest or whatever you want to call it.

He’s 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, therefore we haven’t opined on the case – not once.

The Tribune has not written a single opinion piece about the case – regardless of what those who support Mr. James would have you believe with their misinformation on social media.

The fact is, our stories about Mr. James’ case that has appeared in the Tribune has come from the actual charging documents, the indictments from the federal grand jury and from press releases sent out by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The DOJ, which is made up of career prosecutors, is the government agency that is carrying out the charges against Mr. James. Those charges came from a grand jury made up of Washington, D.C., area residents.

It is that grand jury that has indicted Mr. James on the federal charges he faces. It is a Washington grand jury because the alleged crimes happened in Washington.

Had the alleged crimes taken place in Guntersville or Arab or Albertville, it would be a federal grand jury in Birmingham or Huntsville that would have taken up the case.

The Tribune has not editorialized about Mr. James’ guilt or innocence, and it won’t. That will be up to a jury.

With social media – what started out as a fun way to keep up with family and friends by sharing vacation and birthday photos has turned into a vehicle for lies, not to mention political hog wash – from the right, the left and the middle.

Which brings us back to newspapers – particularly The Arab Tribune. The Tribune is your only source of local news that you can absolutely trust as being based in facts – not opinions, other than those columns and letters on the Mountain Views page – the “op-ed page.”

Every news and sports story in the Tribune is derived from:

• Interviews with actual people in the community;

• Arab police reports;

• Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reports;

• Cullman County Sheriff’s Office;

• Morgan County Sheriff’s Office;

• School board meetings;

• City council meetings;

• County commission meetings;

• Interviews with district attorneys;

• Press releases;

• Other reliable sources that are verified.

We, at the Tribune, take seriously our role in the community.

That’s not to say we don’t “miss it” occasionally. We do. But, anything that legitimately needs to be corrected – if we know it – will be corrected.

We will never intentionally publish wrong information.

We are not out to “get” anyone. Yes, we publish the names of persons arrested, but we are not out to “get” them. We are simply doing the job of newspapers – to inform our readers.

We truly appreciate you reading The Arab Tribune, which soon will be in its 65th year. We truly appreciate you 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’ll be based in fact.

(1) comment

StoneWoodpecker

Was that Ron Paul being interviewed? :o )

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