To the editor, Efforts to discredit, incriminate and impeach President Trump with Russian "collusion" are in freefall. Russia/Trump conspiracy theories have all but evaporated and the few remaining propagators include Keith "Max Headroom" Olbermann. What has surfaced is the exact opposite of what has been labored for.
To the editor, When it comes to senseless death, violence and guns, the sincerity of TV host Jimmy Kimmel is not in question. I share those concerns. Unfortunately, Kimmel's method of persuasion has digressed into raw political rants, stereotypical insults and selective outrage, elements not usually associated with constructive dialogue. The root causes of violence goes well beyond the devices that kill.
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.