A new conservative news source for Utah has started up. The Ledger aims to be a monthly publication with weekly updates. Current posts include this article by its editor, Phoenix Roberts.
Roberts clearly believes that passion for doing what one does is OK, but that it is antithetical to objectivity. “What we do not believe is that there’s any such thing as journalistic objectivity,” he writes. “Honesty and fairness, yes, but not objectivity.”
Instead of feigning objectivity, The Ledger promises to be different. Roberts provides this recipe, “We will be honest with you. First, we acknowledge our passion and our perspective. Second, we believe that right and wrong are not fluid concepts and we are not afraid to call’em as we see’em. Finally, we’ll never write a story unless we are as sure of our facts as we can be.”
While the news portion will cover mostly political issues reflecting “the opinions of the majority of Utah’s people,” the publication will also cover a variety of Utah issues, including history, arts, people, activities, etc. Lest you think this to be too lopsided, Roberts promises to praise public officials when they do right and “shout it from the rooftops” when they mess up, regardless of political persuasion.
I suppose the proof will be in the pudding. I will be watching closely to see how well The Ledger lives up to its promo.