Censorship in the Heartland

My new column is up at Disclosure News!

As fans of Disclosure know, I recently returned to Charleston, Illinois to publish a Disclosure franchise called Disclosure Heartland. Starting a newspaper of this kind is not easy. It takes hard work, a lot of travel, and a lot of time and money. It is hard enough on its own without all the obstacles put in its way.

What obstacles are those, you ask? Well, it turns out that some of our good friends and neighbors do not like when a new newspaper comes to town, especially not one like Disclosure. It is not just a sense of competition with the other local newspapers, although there is that too. It is a hostility to the very notion of a news outlet daring to shed light on things that many people would rather not be seen.

For most of my life I had a rather naïve understanding of the place of the press in this country. Of course I understood that most newspapers shied away from controversy for any number of reasons, whether it be to placate advertisers, to follow a particular political or social agenda, or simply out of laziness.

Read the entire column at Disclosure News Online

About Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and freelance columnist. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He lives in Rockford, Illinois, where he was the 2013 Republican candidate for mayor.

Posted on August 13, 2012, in Columns and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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