FEATURED EDITORIAL: Timeless Principles for a New Media Era

The truth has evolved that the public cannot trust most mainstream media – the MSM – to provide objective news. Subjectivity and reporter bias creeps into too much of what claims to be “news”.
The media serves up a mix of opinion and news. Readers on both sides of the political spectrum get weary of wondering whether they’re getting straight scoop or opinion packaged as news.

When the MSM fails to give readers what they look for, a vacuum forms. Like water seeking its own level, vacuums seek to be filled. The filling of media vacuums can cause momentous political power shifts. Enter the BIZPAC Review.

BIZPAC Review aims to fill the vacuum, to provide readers what they can’t easily get elsewhere. In Southeast Florida, fully 45% of residents classify themselves as politically right of center. Yet, the MSM offers little to satisfy their editorial hunger.

Except as targets for bashing, people on the right are largely ignored by traditional media, which offers little editorial content we like to read. The conservative perspective gets short-sheeted. MSM’s selection of stories and topics frequently leaves us cold. Too often, we detect the liberal bias of reporters and editorialists seeping into their writing.

BIZPAC Review’s editorial policy seeks to right that wrong, to help in leveling the playing field by offering alternative solutions to the political problems facing Southeast Florida.
BIZPAC Review is in the information business. While our news content will be geared to political tigers of all stripes, the editorial side will offer a conservatively-filtered view of politics and life.

Our editorial philosophy is free markets, free people, and freedom of expression. The theme is conservative. We stand for fiscal integrity, sound money policies and reducing public debt. We believe in the self-sufficiency and decency of the individual. We oppose confiscatory taxation, wealth redistribution, collectivism, and the tyranny of momentary majorities.

We are guided by the tradition of free-market solutions to public policy problems and free market capitalism. We believe in the principle of limited government, economic freedom, individual liberty, the rule of law, promoting individual freedom and rights coupled with personal responsibility, private property rights, the importance of the work ethic, and skepticism about the “benefits” of statism and the welfare state. We act as a watchdog on government.

The ultimate function of our editorial pages is to inform, with the additional purpose of advocating a point of view. The Review will take sides on the issues of the day in politics, business, government and civil discourse, with a local flavor. We hope to be an information source for local elected and appointed officials, so they can make better decisions. Our goal is to advance policies and shape events in a direction that we think is best for the region, state and country.

We strive to offer opinions and positions that are factually-based. You will read a point of view based on the evidence of experience and the lessons of history, and our interpretations and positions stem from it.

Stated simply, our goal is to provide readers with timely and helpful political and business information and opinion.

We hope you will enjoy and learn from what you see on these pages. I learned long ago as a professional expert witness, that you’d better have a factual basis for any professional opinion you express, or those who do have the facts will saw off the credibility limb from under you. Too many professional journalists have yet to learn that lesson.

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John R. Smith

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