Letters To The Editor 12/5/2018
Invalidate fake news
Editor: Fake news is not a new thing. As long as there has been news, there has been fake news.
It surprises me that this is not a well-known fact. There is the obvious tabloid fake news, for example. Elvis is not still alive and aliens have not landed in Wyoming.
But that is not the fake news that divides our country. It’s the subtle misquotes, exaggerations, misinterpretations, half-truths and other misleading information that does a lot of damage. Some media have even been caught reporting outright lies or creating stories that they themselves have staged or used Photoshop to alter.
I have witnessed the media attempt to create or suggest a news story that did not happen. I’ve seen a news clip edited to appear that a person’s statement was completely opposite of what the person actually said. I know of a politician who is repeatedly misquoted in a negative way. That is just my personal experience with fake news.
So when President Trump brings attention to fake news, I applaud him. It is about time someone is brave enough to speak out against the media’s power to misinform the public. So, what is true? How do we get the true story?
First, let’s calm down and look at both sides, get both liberal and conservative views of a story and realize you still may not have the whole story. Instead of accusing and insulting, try being tolerant and ask questions to understand others opinions.
Toward better campaigns
Editor: If someone was unfamiliar with our voting system and campaigning, they would not recognize the event as an election campaign.
Nowadays, campaigns resemble glorified pep rallies, infomercials and game shows. The banter between some rivals is horrendous, unmerciful and ridiculous. Most of the time there is not one constructive, intelligent message conveyed to the voters. The rhetoric is deprecating, insulting and includes empty promises and is intended to arouse the crowds into roars of boos and emotional responses.
When a message is found hidden in that cheap rhetoric, voters need to fact- check the accusations and promises. What a waste of time and campaign cash.
My advice: Conduct a clean and intelligent campaign with a clear-cut campaign platform intended to convey to voters a plan of action, if elected. Simple, truthful, honest rhetoric works. Smear campaigns are the worst: In fact, they are food for humor and many a laugh can be had from these campaigns, especially for the intelligent viewer.