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The Fifth Estate
In these challenging times, where many despair, I remain inspired. While the forces of injustice resurface behind new masks, it is our vigilance that has driven their scramble for camouflage. I would not take this fight on if I didn’t think it would make a difference. In fact, the more I learn and meet others, the more I am awed by the power of what an individual can accomplish.
We live through the fight. We are defined by our need to challenge abuse of power. We recognize that corruption is a perennial cancer in government, and while we cannot cure it, our vigilance makes it so much harder to flourish.
In our digital world of instant perception, we are committed to not just exposing wrong doing, but writing our history. Those who believe their exploits will go unpunished will learn there is no escaping their misdeeds. The more effective our role as independent media, the greater deterrent for those who think they can get away with it.
The Roman poet Juvenal wrote in Satires, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – “Who watches the watchmen?” Where this posed the eternal question of policing our guardians, in the modern era, this axiom applies as much to our media.
The only profession written into the United States Constitution, known commonly as “The Fourth Estate,” the news media in America has fallen short in exposing negligence in government and marginalized their own role in misguided efforts at access to officials.
Who watches the watchmen? We do. We are the Fifth Estate. And we are only growing.