‘Fake news’ label doesn’t fit local newspapers

Here at The Daily News, we take our mission to accurately report the news and serve our communities through steady, consistent leadership more seriously than ever. That’s a mission we’ve held firm to since our founding in 1921. Our masthead proclaims daily our determination to provide the news of your neighbors, your town and your life.

We’re your trusted news source covering this region, from city council meetings to Little League baseball games. We’ve built that trust over nearly 97 years with our readers by being fair, truthful and accurate in all that we do.

We do make mistakes, and when we do, we quickly issue a correction. “Fake news” has no part in our business. Our goal each and every day is to provide our readers with a fair, truthful and accurate account of the happenings within our communities.

Our nation’s founders agreed with this approach, as they recognized that an aggressive, unfettered press is the best friend of a nation such as ours. They insisted upon it, in fact.

Congress — and, by extension, the executive branch — shall make no law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” they mandated in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Throughout our history, presidents have been subjects of unfavorable reporting — and yes, sometimes inaccurate stories — by some in the press.

President Trump and some of his defenders insist he does not mean to tar all in the media when he points to reporters at political rallies or targets them on Twitter. But this repeated message not to trust the press can take hold — and does not serve the community.

We are committed to bring you accurate and timely local, state and national news. We are in the business of reporting what your elected officials say and do. You pick them; we keep our eye on them.

We can’t make everyone happy, but we can inform you as to what’s being said and done.