To the editor, Anarchists despise civil discourse toward resolution, the rule of law and common decency. Self-inoculated from accountability, their mantra of "end" justifying the "means" has become alarming. Apparently, as long as violent radicals label their victims and opposition as "fascists," they are free to set fires, smash windows, shut down speech, cleanse Mount Rushmore with jack-hammers, censor history and beat civilians bloody.
To the editor, The Herald's attempt to persuade through buyer's remorse (Our view: "Who voted for these people? We did" on July 19) is partisan and hollow. In the 1990s, the Clintons and their political allies led a counterattack against women who said they were sexually and physically assaulted by the former President. A "war room" was established by Mrs. Clinton within the White House to disparage, demean and discredit those women. Current "journalists" Paul Begala and George Stephanopoulos were active participants.
To the editor, Cultural civility and decorum within our culture has devolved since the election of President Trump, at a breathtaking clip. Suggestions for Trump's assassination include a live, on-stage portrayal. Frightening for its rancor and graphic depiction, the political left applauds the effort. Additionally, the fake image of a bloody, severed Trump head has become symbolic for ongoing political depravity.
To criticize the American press is to criticize "democracy" itself. That arrogant assertion comes from the criticized press, as approval and public trust for disconnected news media remains at low-tide. CNN's Brian Stelter calls criticisms of the press "poisonous attacks" that are "bad for the country." His colleague Jim Acosta claims "real damage to the First Amendment," and Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, says criticizing the press is "dangerous." Their frantic message: free speech threatens our freedom.
Information gatekeepers continue to filter news. This week's filtration is through omission or the skillful burying of fact. The motivation? Pesky, non-conforming polling results. NBC News failed to mention—or buried—the network's own new poll, which shows that 54 percent of Americans oppose Democratic efforts to block a Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
"Prejudicially framed news with an underlying message and implied meaning" defines subjective journalism. Reporter: "Senator, is it true that you beat your children?" Senator: "It most certainly is not true." Headline: "Sen. Smith denies beating children." Objective journalism also exists, though it's shrinking fast. Most of the mainstream media favors the political Left, and the bias that used to occasionally bleed into news stories now gushes.
We Americans have a lot in common with each other. Are those ties weakened by fierce political battle? Yes, if bitter denial over a defeat devolves into vindictive reaction. Retribution appears to be the preferred response over honest self-assessments of political failure. Salvos of base vulgarities (routinely starting with the letter that follows "E"), disgusting stereotypes, marginalization, violence and intimidation are aimed at audacious and "ignorant" Americans who brought about fundamental change in governance and policy.
American self-government is a unique gift of orderly existence, along with our constitutional rights and liberties that are grounded within set parameters of established law. Without law and respect for the law, there is anarchy and resulting chaos. The First Amendment is "first" not by chance, but by foundational design. Civil and lawful expressions are guaranteed outlets for discontent. But when those expressions break the law and infringe on the rights of others, the legitimacy of the message is greatly diminished.
This election is about a lot of things. It is fundamentally about the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court and control of communication. Pre-election communication power plays include hypocritical shell-games of moral indignation. Selective outrage by candidates and their national or regional surrogates is part of a larger political message from establishment politicos and many news media bottom-feeders (apologies to Red River catfish for the unfair comparison); you better have the right agenda and the right ideology, or we're gonna destroy you.
The bedrock principles of objectivity and integrity within print and electronic news media are diminishing. Not all news sources subscribe to that growing trend. However, the evidence as shown by the daily words and actions of a majority within journalism is both staggering and in full view. Less-than-objective journalism is nothing new. But what is new is the quantity and ferocity of prejudicially framed news.