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If you want independent, important journalism covering New Hampshire, you have to pay for it.

There is no way around that. If the recent election coverage has taught us anything, it is that not all news sites are created equal.

In the past week, an incredible array of pseudo-journalism has appeared on many people’s social media feeds. It is tough for even the professionals to recognize some of these stories and sites for the frauds that they are.

What is passing for bonafide news stories turns out to be slanted, bloviated diatribe, or worse, outright lies.

One most egregious article quoted New York Times columnist David Brooks saying that Donald Trump needed to decide if he’d rather “resign, be impeached, or get assassinated.”

Many people because of the way the article was packaged and ingeniously manipulated on what appeared to be a trustworthy news site believed that the story was true. Brooks did write a column stating that Trump would probably “resign or be impeached within a year.”

However, the part of the story that refers to his comments on assassination supposedly delivered later on a radio program were completely untrue. Not only did Brooks not make the comments, the radio station mentioned in the article doesn’t exist.

In another instance, a journalist reporting on the election is listed on Wikipedia in an entry that begins: “The neutrality of this article is disputed.”

So whom do you trust?

We are now entering uncharted territory. This is the new reality of what journalists and readers are up against. We need you to help us set this right again.

To do the job that we believe readers want us to do, and that is to fearlessly report the news no matter who is affected, we need you to support us. True investigative journalism costs money.

We do not exist to pass along press releases from businesses and government agencies. That type of spoon-fed journalism is not what we do. We are here to question authority and to report on people and topics that sometimes anger people.

Not everyone will appreciate the attention. That is the kind of journalism we do. It is not easy, but it is necessary. It takes skilled reporting from veteran journalists. Please help us.

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