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Letter to the editor: Truth obscured by media's bias

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Monday, March 06, 2017 05:16 am
Is every newsroom going to do what every U.S. auto manufacturer did in the ‘60s when they heard from the public (AKA “populous”) that Japan and Germany offered better cars? That is, bury their heads and pretend it is not a valid charge that the truth obscured by the biased media. We were rejecting Detroit’s crappy, flimsy, unsafe-at-any-speed, 15,000-mile warranties, rusty in four years, with huge (I mean YUGE!) wings and peeling chrome, poor gas mileage, polluting short life engines instead of long-life Hondas, Volkswagons and Toyotas.

Like CNN’s Jim Acosta they tried to convince us we were crazy, and they knew best. He bullies the speaker, and the Trump speaker bullies him right back just as we did to Detroit. We insisted and simply bought foreign until they got it. I’m tuning out Sunday morning TV and clustered complaint/opinion panels. My preferred “Alternate Facts” come from a camera and mic in a government meeting room, or my eyes on a cub reporter at the live scene with cameras running, while the sound is off.

Our kids and we adults are missing a lot of the trustworthy information we grew up on from Paul Harvey, Chet, David and Walter Cronkite. They all had some slant, but not downright maliciously toned opinions on news broadcasts. When Walter and the boys expressed an occasional opinion they told you, ‘the following is my opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of this news station.”

The word “news” is a misnomer and fake. If I want to find B.S. I’ll buy a tabloid newspaper and watch professional wrestling or attend a rodeo. Trump’s populist followers are guided by the belief that political and social goals are best achieved by the direct actions of the masses. We know how to tell when a politician is lying and how to change that. G’night, Chet.

Jimmy Bugert

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