Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The right to truth coincides with the US founders’ understanding of truth’s essentialism in creating and maintaining democracy. Some may see an international, legally enforceable right to truth as separate from democratic societal interests in knowing the truth, but those principles are interdependent. Democratic autonomy cannot be maintained if residents do not have access to the truth. Likewise, access to the truth is necessary to the nurturing of autonomy through democratic political organization.
We are in an era when truth is minimized and lies are hawked as truth. Our challenge is to develop new ways of delivering truth so that the charge of "fake news" fails.