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FROM THE EDITOR
Is the " Great Conversation " Ending?
By Frank Miniter, Editor in Chief

Journalists are supposed
to be the record keepers,
the fact checkers, the
referees in the battles of
ideas. Such is how
journalists have long made the " Great
Conversation " possible-the idea that
writers and other thinkers reference
and build upon each others' work, as
well as the vast body of work created
over centuries before them, in order
to improve us and our societies.
As with science, in the fields of
journalism, literature and philosophy, we are supposed to build
upon, or, as necessary, to rethink
and even refute, the ideas that are
accepted today.
In this way, we don't start from
scratch. Rather, ideas have pedigrees.
We are supposed to grow and hone, or
rescind and disprove, these ideas with
deep, hard, fact-based investigations.
A basic ingredient of this process
is honesty, complete honesty, a sort
of honesty that also requires us to
investigate our own biases, and to
be truthful about this with ourselves
and our readers, as we go.
Today, however, this Great Conversation is being purposely stopped.
Social conformity-which, today,
basically means staying in step with
the progressive or far Left-in newsrooms, book publishers, Hollywood
studios and within the tech giants,
is dumbing down the Great Conversation and chaining it to an increasingly harsh political orthodoxy.
This is frightening, as a robust
First Amendment is important for
protecting all of our other rights.
This ideological control of the
conversation is particularly apparent when it comes to reporting on
issues related to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights. This
ideological control is dividing
Americans from each other, as it
is destroying any possibility of a
shared, open discussion.
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This is the reality Sharyl Attkisson ran into at CBS when she had the
audacity to look into Operation Fast
and Furious. This is the social conformity most journalism students get
in step with in college today.
Meanwhile, left-leaning news
outlets have long since pushed out
the moderates and conservatives in
their newsrooms and are now in the
process of purging the last of the
free thinkers on the Left.
" I'll turn to a conservative publisher
if that's what it takes to be true to
liberal principles, " Alex Berenson, a
former New York Times' reporter, and
now an author who is too-free-thinking for the new Left, said in The Wall
Street Journal last December.
The Left is thus killing the Great
Conversation in their quest for power.
Their politicians then use this power
to pass their preferred policies-
including gun bans and restrictions.
History clearly shows, with stark
repetition, that this kind of control-by censoring what people
are allowed to know-has never
ended well.
Somehow, some way, we need to
reopen the conversation.
In this battle to print and broadcast honest, fact-based analysis and
reporting, America's 1st Freedom isn't
an alternative media; no, " alternative "
implies an implicit bias in the other
direction (if you can be biased for
individual freedom). This magazine
(and our website, A1F.com) is simply
working to unearth the truth, the
whole truth, about Second Amendment-related issues.
This is why, in this issue, you're
meeting people like Rick Ector, a guntrainer in Detroit, and Rep. Lauren
Boebert (R-Colo.), a congresswoman
who won by standing up to former
congressman Beto O'Rourke's goal
to ban and confiscate America's rifle.
This is why, issue after issue, we vow
to bring you the truth.
Please, tell anyone who might not
be a member of the NRA about us.

FEBRUARY 2021 I AMERICA'S 1 ST FREEDOM

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