The Truth: Real Stories and the Risk of Losing a Free Press in America
by Bob Gabordi

"The first amendment doesn’t belong to the press; it belongs to all Americans. Lose it and we lose what America stands for around the world: hope and freedom."

In this autobiographical manifesto, Gabordi details his personal stories as a journalist, starting with his long uphill battle in forging a career, followed by how the industry adjusted during the evolution from print to digital media consumption, all while emphasizing the value of the First Amendment and the imperativeness of a free press for all Americans. Gabordi approaches how the news has recently become widely regarded as an ethos of dishonesty, and how journalists are now modern scapegoats for society's issues. In response to those that blame the media as a whole, he presents the inner workings of newspapers through the lens of his forty-one years as a working journalist and, later, executive editor for local presses. His mission is to reveal the compassion and truth-seeking qualities that journalists should embody on the whole. It is especially important to recognize this now, Gabordi states, within the current political climate. He shares how journalists must aspire to delineate the facts and let the truth speak for itself. Otherwise, it will stand in danger of losing its credibility.

Gabordi's writing style and accessible voice display a balanced blend of academic and conversational jargon. Interspersed throughout his highlighted cases, he exhibits copies of the articles that resulted from his exhaustive research. A passionate duty to reveal the truth and incite justice is carried throughout, always with the aim to assist the community through his words and tenacious investigation. While evoking humor and hope, Gabordi's humanizing approach presents the reality of journalists as literary servants and truth seekers. Gabordi holds nothing back from his readers, touching on everything from the hardships he's undergone as a public figure, to his devotion to his family, and even his medical history. And in each and every step of the way, he reminds readers what the First Amendment stands for: freedom of speech and a voice for the voiceless. He claims that words are more powerful than people realize, and the risk of negating this freedom is an issue that concerns every citizen. Now, more than ever, he emphasizes, the populace cannot afford to let anyone, no matter how powerful they may be, discredit it.

This brave autobiography is more than a testament to the power of free speech and the disastrous effects that losing this right would thrust on America. It is an honest and inspirational expression of Gabordi's life's work and passion. This collection is not only geared toward those with an interest in journalism, criminal justice, or readers who believe in and support a free press. It is a message to the average American. When one is told to disregard a person or industry simply because of what they have to say, states Gabordi, this cannot be taken at face value. In this daring collection, he continually stresses that if the nation were to lose a free press, it would lose the voice of the people. The author has done an incredible job of addressing an important American freedom that has seen a great deal of scrutiny in the twenty-first century.

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