South Jersey businessman and Democratic power broker George Norcross III has been named to a three month stint on the Courier Posts’s Editorial Board.
Norcross was invited by the paper to join the board as one of four public voices added as part of a program created by Editor Gene Williams. He is joined on the board for the next three months by a college student, a retired businessman and a former teacher turned radio talkshow host, who are all part of the community in around the paper’s Camden County home.
“George Norcross is but one voice among eight and that voice is no louder and carries no more weight than the others,” Williams said in an email. “Some people have criticized the choice, of course, and I understand the politics of that. But to be honest, I wonder why some in our profession have questioned it. I thought journalism was supposed to be about objectivity, about getting BOTH sides of an issue, not just one. I thought it was about being unafraid to take an unpopular stance and to include as many voices as possible. I thought it was about the First Amendment of free speech for everyone, including those with whom we might disagree. If we don’t believe in those things, what do we believe in?”