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This morning I was nearly spitting teeth when I saw the main editorial from the Editorial Board of the Orlando Sentinel. (We subscribe only to the Sunday paper which entitles us to the weekly e-newspaper; I like their puzzles page.) The title was “Election Day 2020: A Referendum on Truth.” It was an attack on President Trump.
Yes, it was an editorial. It focused only on “Trump’s Lies” during his administration. It listed several sources of information, like their colleagues at the Washington Post and the New York Times.
I decided to write to the Sentinel and share my thoughts:
I know that it’s old news to discredit the media for lying—your deceptions are legion.
There are the lies you told about the Russia conspiracy, promoting lies by Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, The Squad, Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein, John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey. How about all the lies you perpetuated by not discrediting years of FBI misdeeds, Obama’s abuses of power, and gleefully misrepresenting the current President’s words? How about your protecting Joe Biden and his long list of lies?
You are an abomination to the field of journalism. You have justified lying to the public in order to protect your partisan goals. You are—were—the fourth estate, that legendary body that is supposed to dive deeply into rumors, stories, and questions—you should be embarrassed and ashamed.
You are supposed to educate us and inform us. You are supposed to assure us that you have turned over every rock and discovered every falsehood perpetuated by those who are supposedly leading our country.
All of them.
You made these points in your editorial:
Trump’s lies don’t just erode American confidence in the presidency, they create a basic mistrust of our political system, whether it’s the elected officials making laws and policies or the millions of federal, state and local workers enacting those laws and policies.
Skepticism of government can be healthy, but Trump is corroding fundamental faith in our institutions by normalizing lies. It may take generations to recover from the damage, if it’s not already too late.
You are a disgrace. I am disgusted by the fact that you are supposed to represent the media and in many ways the events of this country to the entire world. You clearly have no ethos, no conscience, no commitment to guiding us in troubled times. You are the ones who are eroding faith in our media; you are the ones corroding fundamental faith in the media by trying to normalize lies.
You exacerbate the country’s troubles.
And you are the ones who will never recover from your dereliction of duty.
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(I have been trying to maintain a more positive attitude but have fallen off the wagon.)Published in