Connections: Conservative writer urges his colleagues not to dismiss mainstream newspapers

May 25, 2017

A conservative writer, Kevin Williamson, recently published a piece for National Review titled "How to Read the Newspaper." It's probably not what you think. Williamson writes that we're in a dangerous time when large swaths of the population reflexively declare any news story they don't like to be "fake news." He puts his fellow conservatives at the top of that list: "It is cheap, it is cowardly, and it is bad citizenship to simply shreik ' fake news!' every time reality forces a hard choice upon us," Williamson writes, adding that mainstream newspapers do not "traffic in fiction."

Do local newspaper writers fear that a growing population rejects their work out of hand? We find out with our guests from the Democrat & Chronicle: