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Letter: Regarding fake news...

Posted: January 11, 2018 3:12 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

According to Kathleen Parker’s recent column (Facts and truth matter most of all in news), those of us who witness and report fake news are among, “...a volunteer class of arrogantly ignorant”.

To that, the appropriate response is Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

As an experienced, nationally syndicated columnist, Parker simply has to be aware of -- let’s call it -- “news management practices” of the newspapers she cited, the New York Times and the Washington Post, quoting the latter’s masthead statement, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

Everyone would agree with the Post’s slogan.

And most national  journalists would agree with a paraphrase of the long-time masthead slogan of the New York Times, “All the News That’s Print to Fit” (their agendas). The fact that professional reporters usually try to get it right, while it’s mostly editors who add the “fake” twists, is irrelevant: the (manipulated) stories offer the public “fake news” in those instances.

Parker claims those who blow whistles on fake news are  “arrogant and ignorant”.

Meanwhile, shooting messengers is falling out of style -- witness the sexual abuse revolution.


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