October 2015 Editorial Winner

Are we biased? You bet!

Faith Wylie, Oologah Lake Leader

The Newseum Institute™’s latest State of the First Amendment national survey, published on July 4, showed that 70% of respondents disagreed with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias.”
Is the Oologah Lake Leader biased?
Of course, and that’s what you expect of us.
We’re biased in favor of our community. We’re advocates for the students, adults and senior citizens who live in Oologah, Talala and northwest Rogers County.
We’re biased in favor of open government, whether it be the local school board or the state legislature.
We’re biased in favor of listening to a variety of opinions on local, state and national issues.
We’re biased in favor of victims, and strive for a law enforcement and justice system that is fair and effective.
We’re biased in favor of local young people, and will gladly report sporting events from a Mustang fan’s point of view.
We’re biased in favor of quality education and give thanks every day for our outstanding educators who work with our children.
We’re biased in favor of our local businesses that provide jobs and tax revenues to keep our community economically healthy.
We’re biased in favor of our local churches, which offer a range of worship styles and theologies but come together in community service.
We’re biased in favor of lovers who are successfully married for 25, 50 or 60 years.
We’re biased in favor of Oologah Lake, local scenery, and wildlife that make a drive into town a delight.
We’re biased in favor of Will Rogers, our local hero.
For 33 years, the Leader has been an advocate for this community.
The Leader began as a black and white newspaper that distributed about 800 copies.
Now, the Leader has color pages, special sections and more than three times the distribution. Most copies reach more than one reader. The tattered one on top of the stack in the local store has probably been borrowed and read by a dozen people.
In addition, readers looked at 34,072 pages online at Oologah.net in September.
Our facebook reach last week was 11,482.
Our methods of communication have expanded, but we’re still biased in favor of you.

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