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Letter: Column was good example of ‘fake news’

Trump did not say that “the press is evil.” But ignorantly repeating this “Fake News” lie may be evil.

Published on August 22, 2018 8:44AM


This letter is from a thinking resident of Wallowa County about your open letter to Pres. Donald Trump in the Aug. 15 edition of the Chieftain.

You said, “We do our dead level best to make sure our reporting is accurate and welcome feedback from our readers to make sure we are meeting that goal.” Hooray for you. Put this in the “feedback” file.

Sad to say, in this column, you are demonstrating once again to your readers the same “Fake News” errors that our president rightly condemns. You did not confirm that what you repeated from their stories was actually true.

Your open letter states: “If you [President Trump] say the press is evil and doesn’t have the interest of the people in mind, they believe it.”

That is a perfect example of totally Fake News. What President Trump actually tweeted on June 13 at 6:30 a.m. was, “Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!”

If you give it just a little thought, what President Trump said is exactly correct. Our nation depends on informed voters to guide our republic into the future.

When the “news” reports focus on inconsequential stories –– such as the current Omarosa flap –– and neglect to report important stories about the NAFTA negotiations, the progress with North Korea, the impressive economic news, the improvements to the VA hospitals, etc., that is a danger to the country.

Voters are not given accurate information. That makes Fake News a lasting enemy to our country. Trump did not say that “the press is evil.” Accurate quotes are important.

I agree with you, Paul, that the Chieftain is very important to our community. I appreciate the local news coverage.

However, whenever you venture into national politics, and especially when using stories about Trump from NBC and CNN, please consider the source.

They have been proven to be 90 percent negative and frequently inaccurate. Do your “dead level best” to verify everything. Or ask me for accurate web sites.

Glad to help.

Anita VanGrunsven

Wallowa



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