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Flawed per­son­al­ity

- U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Donald Trump · St Albans

Dar­ren Saunders’ Striv­ing for great­ness (Nov 24) con­tin­ues his as­sault on those who dare to sug­gest that Pres­i­dent Trump is not the devil in­car­nate, but rather a flawed and po­lar­is­ing per­son­al­ity who in fact did keep the prom­ises he made when elected in 2016. In re­sponse to a re­cent let­ter of mine, Mr Saunders im­plied that all of the 72 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who voted for Trump in the 2020 elec­tion lack de­cency and em­pa­thy. Re­duc­tio ad ab­sur­dum to that.

Re­lated to the theme of Trump Derange­ment Syn­drome, a col­umn by Rose­mary McLeod, Franken­stein and mon­sters (Nov 20) plumbed new depths of malev­o­lence as she be­lit­tled Pres­i­dent Trump and his for­mer wife, Ivana.

In May Van Gor­don Sauter, a for­mer pres­i­dent of CBS News, wrote that long gone is any sem­blance of fair­ness or bal­ance within much of the Amer­i­can main­stream me­dia. To quote him di­rectly: ‘‘To many jour­nal­ists, ob­jec­tiv­ity, bal­ance and fair­ness – once the gold stan­dard of re­port­ing – are not manda­tory in a di­vided po­lit­i­cal era and in a coun­try they be­lieve to be se­verely flawed’’. Those re­marks could equally ap­ply else­where.

Bruce An­der­son, St Al­bans (Abridged)

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