July 11, 2018
Letters to the Editor:
Would you buy a car from Trump?
All politicians shade the truth to some degree. But Trump’s lies and misleading statements—from campaign to White House—have constantly undermined reality with fake news, according to Pulitzer Prize winner and PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan. “Never before has a major, national-level politician so misled the public. Trump’s immigration policy defense is a prime example of Trump distorting facts to create his own fake news reality, meanwhile ‘stoking anger’ among his base. Trump keeps repeating lies. “The Democrats are responsible for the separation of families at the border.” And Trump’s repeated false claims are blatantly untrue,” said Drobnic Holan. “Lying creates an alternate reality and keeps everyone from seeing the real problems. We never get to the real issues because we’re too busy arguing what’s real. Since Trump makes misleading statements every day from morning to night on social media, daily Trump fake news distractions suck up all the available space for normal issue discussion. Whole media cycles go by with Trump repeating and restating things that aren’t true. Fake news used to be hoaxes and conspiracy theories that were obvious distortions. This year, however, the U.S. government charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies with interfering in the 2016 election process in a broad plot that involved the proliferation of disinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.” (Whatever reasons, you decide,) “Trump keeps repeating over and over again that Russia did not interfere in his election, that Putin is a good guy and wouldn’t never do such a thing, and the investigation is nothing but a witch hunt.” Trump is actively and openly lying to undermine the revered Justice system with a deluge of fake news that can’t be easily corrected. Trump demands loyalty from subordinates and fires them for telling the truth. Trump false assertions, obstruct government officials doing their job by investigating Russian involvement essentially sabotaging the investigation with the help of the Fox Administration propaganda machine. The combination of Trump and Fox propaganda have become a potent weapon in the Trump administration’s campaign to confuse reality. Truth is often nothing more than the word of who has the most money, speaks most often, and shouts the loudest.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.