Abraham Lincoln quote in Chicago Tribune

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Abraham Lincoln quote in Chicago Tribune

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“Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe,” said President Abraham LIncoln, inscribed on the inner walls of the Chicago Tribune building. I took this shot in 2006 while attending an SPJ conference there.

Letting them know, I might argue, is only half the battle, thanks to today’s decline in a viable local journalism model . This problem of not having the financial means to collect the “facts” and finding the audience to hear them might be hamper our democracy in a way Mr. Lincoln could have never imagined.  It’s quite a pickle. It will be interesting to see how this quote from this great man plays out in the years to come…

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