I will admit it. Usually, I think I know what to do. That is, even if I don’t know exactly what to do, I have a general idea of the direction in which to go. But not this time. I have no idea which way to go. This time I am stumped. So I am turning to you and I am going to do whatever you say.
Here’s the issue. It’s a presidential election year, and this year, politics and the glass industry collide as they never have before. In fact, we have found at least three stories, and candidates, that have glass-industry ties. We have done some write-ups and some videos around them but we’ve not published nor aired them yet.
Let me explain that each of these stories were written without any bias or bent. I, myself, personally have no idea who I am going to vote for yet or even who I would like to win the primaries. The glass connection is legitimate news.
But political stories are like email; you read them with the inflection and emotion you think the writer has, but you have no idea if you are right. The late Tim Russert used to say that he knew he’d covered a story well when both sides were a bit mad at him.
The argument for dipping our pen into this issue goes as follows: there are some true glass-related stories involved in this year’s election. No one is trying to do anything other that write fair and unbiased articles. So why wouldn’t we wade on in? News is news.
The argument for staying out of the inkwell goes this way: USGlass magazine is a glass industry publication. Politics and all its ramifications, industry or other-wise, get covered by the mainstream media. We don’t need to, nor should we, go there.
I see both sides, and I sit right on the 50-50 line. So how about it, dear reader; what do you think? Your opinion is the one that matters. Just tell me what it is. What do you think?