The Virus and Violence
Vic's View: When the agitators are gone -- 101 Laurens County Coronavirus cases.
Pretty soon, the professional rioters and foreign agitators are going to go back to their countries and back under the rock from which they crawled - and we will be left with our same world.
Things will get re-built. Criminals will be hunted. Preachers will preach. Non-violent protest in the vein of Gandhi and Mandela will be effective again. The political world will calm until November.
But you know what won’t go away? The Coronavirus/COVID-19 Global Pandemic.
There is next to nothing The Clinton Chronicle can do about the respiratory illness that can be fatal - more people have recovered than have died, thankfully - but we CAN provide information.
If you go to our website - MyClintonNews.com - and find the tool bar, and go to the far-right, you will see “COVID-19.” Under that icon are 22 pages of articles that we have published since the pandemic struck South Carolina in mid-March. Our articles at this spot include how Presbyterian College, Piedmont Technical College, and Newberry College plan to re-open this summer/fall - Lander University is represented there, as well.
This is “the least we can do.”
But, it does fulfill our mission. That’s to give you, The Readers of The Clinton Chronicle, as much credible information as possible. Consider, too, news can be a fast-moving target during a pandemic and fast-moving times - sometimes we have to rely on the best information possible from credible sources. On our website, under the Opinion icon, are what we and others think about what’s going on - that doesn’t enter into our news coverage. The 6 articles you see on the rolling bar across the Home page are a combination of News, Sports and Opinion, just to give you the flavor of what we consider important. Under each icon is a vast resource of information from these topics.
We also feature our local advertising partners, as well; and a new addition is the Peoples' Choice voting.
Photo galleries, videos supported by the social media platform YouTube, and special sections round out what we feature in our on-line presence. We’re also on Facebook. We have chosen not to venture on to SnapChat, Twitter and Linked-In; each of these platforms requires a person to tend it.
News Providers are under serious attack right now, but we will persevere. Just as we have done since the Founding Of Our Nation.
(Vic MacDonald is editor of The Clinton Chronicle - 45 years ago this month he joined professional journalism. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Journalists are risking their lives
to report on the protests and their safety must be ensured
The last several days, journalists have been risking their lives to report on the ground at the scenes of protests across the country in response to the death of George Floyd. These journalists are serving a critical role in providing information the public needs to know in order to stay informed about what is happening in their communities, as well as to keep them and their families safe.
In some cities, there have been reports of journalists being attacked and harassed by law enforcement while trying to do their jobs. It is essential that law enforcement and government officials not only allow journalists to report on the historic events currently unfolding, but to provide journalists with the necessary protection in order to remain safe to do their jobs, as members of the press – the rights of which are guaranteed under the First Amendment.
Local journalists are not only covering the protests as they are unfolding, but they are telling the stories behind these events, and they will be there in the months ahead to report on the aftermath and local repercussions.
We are extremely grateful for journalists’ commitment and sacrifices to bring the truth to the American public. We stand behind them and support their right to a free press as granted under the First Amendment. We call on local law enforcement and government officials to recognize the importance of their role and ensure their safety during these dangerous and unpredictable events.
A joint statement by the News Media Alliance, America’s Newspapers and the National Newspaper Association.