Malfeasance, Sloth or Incompetence?

Malfeasance, Sloth or Incompetence?

by Jonathan Narcisse – September 26, 2014

During my time on the Des Moines School Board I became painfully aware The Des Moines Register lacked a general interest in facts, data and empirical evidence. They had an agenda, and if the truth had to be sacrificed in subjugation to that agenda, it was slayed enthusiastically.

At the time I assumed their constant embrace of the irrelevant, inaccurate and blatantly false was malicious.

As I travel the state speaking with publications in all 99 counties, relevant and healthy discourse takes place. Publishers, editors and reporters ask questions like: How do we fix Medicaid? How do we revitalize our economy? How do we grow our population? How do we repair our education system?

Their grasp of substance is an even greater indictment of the paper Iowa used to depend on.

Then a few days ago, I read an article in The Des Moines Register regarding the purported state revenue legalized marijuana would generate. I was appalled. It was a glaring example of how lazy and uninformed journalism does more than cheat the reader.

This sort of mis-reporting harms the communities the publication claims to serve.

Yet again, The Des Moines Register was publishing misinformation without any thought to the potential damage they caused. Damaging because now is the time for a meaningful discussion regarding re-legalizing marijuana, and what that would mean for generations of Iowans.

And, that’s when it occurred to me.
The resignation of The Des Moines Register as a member of the 4th Estate is likely not due to just agendaneering.

Sloth, and incompetence are factors, too.

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