Letters to the Editor

Letter writers have obligation to the truth

In response to the letter in the Feb. 28 edition, “Fox reports on policies, it doesn’t make them”:

— “On Fox, you will see the President repeat the ‘Lie of the Year’ nearly 30 times.” The “Lie of the Year” was only made once but played by Fox News 30-plus times. The President erred when he told the public that they could keep their health plan if they liked it, but forgot to add that the plan had to comply with the new ACA. Otherwise, the plan was toast.

— “You will see Secretary of State Clinton ask, ‘What difference at this point does it make?,’ when referring to four dead Americans in Benghazi.” Actually, Secretary Clinton wasn’t referring to the dead Americans, but Fox News never put the comment in context.

When asked by Sen. Ron Johnson in a congressional hearing about the motive of the attackers — i.e., was it a planned terrorist attack or just some people out to kill Americans on a whim — she responded justifiably with her famous statement. And four months after the attack, it really didn’t matter what the attackers’ motives were.

— Contrary to the letter, there is no “IRS department in charge of suppressing the vote of conservatives.” The 2013 IRS scandal involved the alleged targeting of non-profit right wing groups for additional scrutiny in their applications. It turns out that progressive groups were targeted too, depending upon the words in the title of the organization applying.

In January 2014, the FBI determined there was no evidence of “enemy hunting” in the IRS, just bureaucratic mismanagement and the IRS had not been following the actual law since the 1950s.

— The rescue of the auto industry started under President George W. Bush and was completed under President Obama. GM and Chrysler have emerged smaller and more competitive and are now very profitable.

The writer implies the President shouldn’t brag about the auto industry rescue and asks what happened to Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, and Chevy Volt. Oldsmobile was discontinued by GM in 2004, long before the financial meltdown; Pontiac and Saturn were discontinued in 2010 by GM decision; and Chevy Volt has recently been identified by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the road. Time to wake up and look around!

The trouble with Foxies is they watch too much Fox. The first question on any news item or letter to the editor ought to be: Is it the truth? Freedom of speech is a wonderful right. It is too bad our founders didn’t tie some responsibility to that right and require speakers to tell the truth.

D. Rand Hillier



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