Comment on political post

We are nearing the election and some news stories and books may be appearing that are relevant for LISNEWS posts. I wanted to give some background on my thought process in regards to political posts.

I have zero interest in endorsing any candidate in this forum.

My posting a story that has a political topic, theme is not an endorsement of the specific article. If I am not endorsing the article why I am posting it would be a valid question. My answer would be that there are many articles and books that are good to be aware of whether you agree with their content or not. I would expect this to be a view held by many librarians but I have been surprised how often this is not the case. Too many times I have received a response to an article that assumes my motive in posting a story is me saying - "You must believe what is in this article" as compared to what I was trying to do was make people aware of an article.

If you think an article does not belong on the site say so. If you think an article makes a good point consider leaving a comment mentioning what that is. If an article makes a bad point consider commenting on that. More discussion is better than less discussion.

I want to consider two of my recent posts. Both were videos from the PBS News Hour. One was Justice Scalia being interviewed about his new book. See Scalia LISNEWS post here. The other was an interview with an author that wrote a book about Michelle Obama's ancestry. See Michelle Obama LISNEWS post here.

Here was the thought process for posting the videos. Justice Scalia is a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. It is good for librarians to be aware of a current book written by a Supreme Court Justice. The same thought process was involved for the Michelle Obama book. Mrs. Obama is the First Lady. Knowing about a book that discusses the First Lady is good. The posts on LISNEWS were made because they dealt with the First Lady and a Supreme Court Justice not because I am trying to endorse Justice Scalia or Mrs. Obama.

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