Journalism, whether it is by way of an official news agency, newspaper or independent blog is still journalism. There is just as much opinion woven into a news story as the facts themselves, and it is the responsibility of the author to make sure that the waters aren’t muddied with distortions of both. It is that basic point that the very basis of State Your Peace stands on. The articles published on this website are NOT always biased but there are times when the Editor or a contributor chooses to float their opinion down the same river as the facts. Regardless of who gets the story right or wrong or first or second, it is everyone’s Constitutional right to not just have an opinion but to express it.
State Your Peace has not been without its’ critics and opposing views. At no time have I, the Editor, chosen to block or censure anyone for their opinion unless unless it falls under one of these basic categories:
Defaming Plagiarism Harassment Racism Sexism Useless Propaganda
In December of 2014 State Your Peace was openly accused of making up stories based on news items and giving a slanted view/opinion of the news story itself. Further, SYP was accused of only publishing stories and opinions that favored a certain kind of reader. This in itself is completely false. In January 2015 it appeared that our host and server company had decided NOT to take us down due to the bloated self-serving complaint by one as yet anonymous reader. We quickly brought the website back online, only to be chastised again by our host company and “suspended” from posting or updating the sight until it could be determined if SYP was offensive or slanderous as we were accused.
It has taken some three and a half months for things to work themselves out and since I received word that the website was now free to publish articles again just an hour ago I decided to jump right in. The litany of readers and followers have long since abandoned us, mainly because there was nothing to read. Our small but dedicated team of contributors and street reporters have moved onto other things, so for now it is just myself and Steven the Free Thinking Fool to man the machine until we get rolling again.
As much as a year ago we had discussed making SYP more of a regional website, focusing on news and opinions that originated from here in South Carolina. Although we didn’t know it at the time, forces were working in our favor and now we can finally breach subjects, knock on doors, ask the tough questions and give the straight answers that YOU deserve. Of course we will swirl in some of our own views and opinions, but isn’t that what State Your Peace is all about? So I hope that if you have been a follower you will see that we are back at it and plan to do a much more thorough job at presenting our opinions and covering the news stories that are important to us all.