One Illinois is only days into its infancy stage — noting that they just launched a handful of days ago — and it has become highly apparent that their content is just another example of partisan trash media similar to that of Breitbart News and the Illinois Policy Institute.
Let’s just use an example of their own political bias in an editorial from site editor Ted Cox:
Shadowy political operatives dealing in disingenuous news create divisions by race, class, and geography. They declare that taxes are inherently evil at the same time they suggest the state is too debt-ridden to take care of its own people.
At One Illinois, we reject the narrative that would divide us along party lines and by political affiliation. We reject the notion that Illinois is a state in decline without the resources to solve its own problems. And we reject, above all else, those who would divide us for political gain.
About that…political operatives in the Democratic Party are equally as culpable in delving into what’s referred as “fake news” as those on the other side of the aisle. Both of which create divisions by race, class and geography. Also, is it so inherently wrong for the greater majority of 12.8 million residents — a population that has been consistently in decline since 2014 — to keep as much of their money as possible, in a state who has the highest property taxes in the Midwest and such high individual and corporate income taxes that have created an equal hostile environment for residents AND businesses.
Let’s not mention you’re already lying about saying you’re “rejecting the narrative”. When you’re attacking the other side while refusing to hold your own side accountable, you’re part of the narrative of political bias.
Don’t get me wrong, but Breitbart and other right-wing outlets like InfoWars, TownHall and Fox News follow the journalistic mantra of “report now, verify later.” The same is true with the left-wing media outlets like CNN, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, CBS News, Politico, Polygon, Salon, HuffPost, etc.
Even the news delivered by the Illinois Policy Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank, has veered off course from public policy. How exactly? The list of failed administrative hires by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner of former IPI staffers. Revealing itself to paying lip service to the Republican Party while ignoring the libertarian base which founded it. Their ongoing battle against Rauner over his questionable policies.
I’ve been a freelance journalist for over a decade. The correct mantra is “trust, but verify.” This is a journalistic rule of law we follow here at Heartland Newsfeed. We do not report anything that isn’t verified. We do not report only one side of the story — this was apparent with our recent story regarding Sen. Andy Manar’s attack toward Republican opponent Seth McMillan — we got both sides of the story before publication.
We are ashamed of how journalism has devolved into: a partisan-biased shitfest with zero regard for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Most of all, I’m incredibly ashamed about what mainstream journalism has become: a publish now, verify later conglomerate media giant who can’t see and refuses to see beyond the left/right paradigm when delivering the news without some sort of scripted partisan garbage.
What you see in the mainstream circles isn’t journalism. It’s a new brand of yellow journalism without facts. What we do at Heartland Newsfeed is the brand of journalism William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Walter Cronkite, W.E.B. Du Bois, H.L. Mencken, Edward R. Murrow, Adolph Ochs and Joseph Pulitzer would be proud of: the trust, but verify brand of journalism which should — and must remain — as the journalistic standard, compared to what it is at this current time.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.