Editorial: It’s past time to stop editing MLK’s words and ideas


The Bangor Daily News was the source of a national uproar on Monday when it reprinted a deeply-edited, heavily-sanitized version of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

The discrepancy was first pointed out by historian Kevin Kruse on Twitter and amplified by others including left-wing writer Parker Molloy, who described the edits as “har[d] to reconcile.” However, as James Myall of the Maine Center for Economic Policy pointed out, the paper has for years been running this same editorial.

Click here to read the full story, first published January 17, 2023 in Beacon.