Reporting what Trump says isn't 'fake news'


Cordy Lavery

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Not only is “beauty in the eye of the beholder” but "truth is in the political view of the beholder.”

A recent letter castigated CNN for “smearing” President Donald Trump when actually the network was reporting accurately the president’s remarks. All of the recent massacres in the United States were committed by white men, so how is Don Lemon of CNN incorrect when he said “white men are the biggest terror threat in this country?”

Trump says nothing following a massacre perpetrated by a white man. In response to the fatal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump said there were "good people on both sides." When do good people march with tiki torches, chanting “Jews will not replace us” or “Blood and soil; you will not replace us?” And when do good people ram a car into peaceful demonstrators?

Just as the letter calls CNN “fake news," I would similarly describe Fox News. That network is nothing but a propaganda arm for Trump and the far right.

I am worried about the freedom of the press when attacks are made on journalists and news organizations. A free press is the cornerstone of liberty in this great country of ours. Political dissent is an important part of our democracy. It should not be diminished.

The phrase “banana republic” comes to mind when you consider Trump’s actions and words. In a banana republic, the dictator first tries to destroy the credibility of the press. Then he tries to destroy public confidence in the officials who uphold the law. Then he jails those who disagree with him.

Sound familiar?

Cordy Lavery

Elizabeth City