At The Middle, we believe that an informed electorate is a healthy electorate. We believe that facts have no partisan slant (though their implications might). And we believe that nuance is critical to understanding and that a lack of nuance drives us firmly into black and white territory with no room for the grey.
So we pledge to you the following:
We pledge to prioritize being right over being first.
We pledge to speak in plain language, using direct terminology where appropriate and necessary but avoiding needlessly incendiary verbiage where such wording would only seek to sensationalize and inflame.
We pledge to take ownership of and accountability for our mistakes and to do so openly and candidly in plain view.
And we pledge to bring you the truth, whether it serves our staff’s personal agendas or not.
We also recognize that impartiality does not mean neutrality. Rarely, if ever, is the news truly neutral; otherwise, it wouldn’t exactly be news. By its very nature, news necessarily effects either a positive or a negative bent. But we pledge to be as neutral as realistically possible while staying true to fact and authenticity.
We welcome your feedback and support as we attempt to change the national discourse and forge a path forward down the middle. Because while George Shultz once said that “he who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides,” we believe that there is more that unites us than divides us, and we hope to foster an environment that advances and promotes the same.