In recent days, a great amount of noise has been made about the writing of the Daily Broward. The Daily Broward has been categorized by many in the political community as an online publication controlled by a particular party or at least responsible for carrying the water for a particular party. This attitude was further clarified by comments made at a recent political event where the “civility” of our articles was called into question, as it related to certain political “Sacred Cows”.
Admittedly, we like covering the politics of Broward County. It’s a thrill-packed theme park of intrigue, nepotism, graft, and backroom dealing.
The comments made at that party event demonstrated that a bit of clarification regarding our coverage was needed, and it’s actually very simple. We look for the truth in each and every story we cover. We call out corruption whenever we find it. We shine a light on the dark places in Broward county. We may use humour, irreverance, or “snark” to demonstrate the point, but when it is political, it is irrespective of party. Corruption, graft, favoritism, ethics violations, and apathy are not party specific. We write so that, if nothing else, elected officials will pause before making that decision that taxes a little more/bends the rules/or takes that dangerous stride into ethically questionable territority.
We cheer for the positive things, and when elected officials make the right choices – decisions that cut taxes, spend responsibly, and that put the taxpayers of Broward County first. We cover the fun upbeat and interesting events that happen in this county. Those are the stories and articles that will show how Broward County can be when it’s at it’s best.
In years past, major newspapers could be trusted to keep a watchful eye on elected officials, and the happenings in our county. Now, though there are still a few jounalists dedicated to doing serious investigations, the majority of major media sources are content to see one viewpoint or recycle the stories from the Associated Press. We strive to give our readers the straight story – to turn on the lights – to pull back the curtain, so that the residents of Broward County can see clearly the happenings in Broward County.
Doubtlessly our articles will ruffle some feathers along the way, in some cases they already have, but if the articles we write, the issues we address, and the things we expose help to keep Broward governance honest and life in Broward county lively and better, then we’re doing our job right.
Over 2400 years ago, Euripides, the Greek playwright and philosopher stated “Question everything”, Albert Einstein echoed that sentiment when he said “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Asking questions and investigating to inform our readers with the truth is why we do what we do. It may be garnished with humour, and it may not always be comfortable for those in our spotlight, but we will continue to do what we do.