‘Beloved and be­smirched’

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

The first sen­tence of the Fe­bru­ary 8 editorial in the AV Press (FBI chief warns of Rus­sian info war­fare) was, “Here we go again.” In­deed, it’s Rus­sia-Rus­sia-Rus­sia, again, and again, and again.

The Mueller Re­port showed there was about $160,000 spent on Face­book and other so­cial me­dia by var­i­ous en­ti­ties pos­si­bly tied to Rus­sia. The re­port con­cluded this did not af­fect the re­sults of any elec­tions.

Con­sider that over 2.6 bil­lion dol­lars were spent on the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to give per­spec­tive to the threat posed by the “fic­tional per­sonas, bots, so­cial me­dia post­ings and dis­in­for­ma­tion” the editorial an­guishes over.

Yet the editorial con­cludes, “Our na­tion is be­ing tor­tured by Rus­sia’s on­go­ing in­ter­fer­ence and we’ve got to put a stop to it.” Tor­tured by bots and posts?

What we need to put a stop to is over three years of non-stop hys­te­ria by a bi­ased press. The me­dia breath­lessly re­ported bomb­shells about the walls clos­ing in, over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence, Cohen im­pli­cates the pres­i­dent, Stormy Daniels, the creepy porn lawyer, cam­paign do­na­tion vi­o­la­tions, for­eign emol­u­ments, col­lu­sion, ob­struc­tion, bribery, quid pro quo, Ukraine, im­peach­ment, and al­ways and for­ever Rus­sia-Rus­sia-Rus­sia.

Our na­tion is be­ing tor­tured, but it’s by tabloid sleaze and hy­per­bole mas­querad­ing as jour­nal­ism. Jour­nal­ists set aside all pre­tense of ob­jec­tiv­ity in their never end­ing, but al­ways fail­ing, at­tempts to be­smirch our duly elected and beloved pres­i­dent, Don­ald John Trump.

Bill Ho­man Myr­tle Beach

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