Don’t shoot the messenger

Kyle Lovern

Kyle’s Korner …

Contrary to what some may believe, the Williamson Daily News has not endorsed any candidates and is not “helping Team Mingo.”

There is an old saying, don’t kill the messenger. In the newspaper business, that is a quote we can use daily. People get upset over certain stories that run in the paper.

News stories are just that – news. Editorials are personal opinions, or as we say in the business – Op Eds.

I grew up in Mingo County in the 1960s and 1970s and I’m familiar with the politics. This time of year things can get heated, especially between local democrats who are running for nomination for their party in the upcoming May 10 Primary Election. I have lived through and covered the blatant political corruption through the rest of those years.

A common joke when people talk about elections in southern W.Va. is how many votes came from a certain cemetery or how much are they paying for votes this year. That type of illegal activity may not be as blatant as it once was.

Throughout the years Mingo County has seen many politicians that have been indicted, found guilty and spent jail time. I’m not going to mention the names. Most of you who live in the Tug Valley know who and what I’m talking about.

The mudslinging in Mingo County politics is like no other. It’s about as thick as molasses and it sticks.

There have been accusations from at least three candidates – independently from the others – about persons stealing or tampering with political signs. Our roadways, lawns and buildings are lined with thousands of bright colored signs with the names of many candidates. If this is indeed happening, then it is a crime and that is news. It needs to be reported.

We are not getting into the “he said – she said” – especially on social media. That is uncalled for and in my opinion a waste of time.

The Williamson Daily News encourages you to support the candidates of your choice. On the national level for president, on the state level for governor and on the local level for all of the offices up for grabs. Please get out and vote on Tuesday, May 10.

Until then, listen to what the candidates have to say and you can make your decision.

The Williamson Daily News will be publishing a free candidate’s profile with bios of each candidate that wants to submit them. If they are not in that upcoming special edition, then it is simply because that particular candidate chose not to participate and did not provide the information to the newspaper. (We extended the deadline to make it even easier for the candidates.)

Remember, we are here to be the watchdog of the community. We report the news, we don’t make it up.

We try to give both sides of the story. Many times one side doesn’t want to talk to the press and that is their prerogative.

Just remember, “Shooting the messenger” is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news. We in the media are only the messengers.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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