Your Views: Call out Trump on his false claims

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letter to the editor
Monday, January 9, 2017

Thanks to The Gazette for choosing not to endorse Trump for president, saying that he was not fit. Now that Trump has been elected,

The Gazette can continue in their public service to its readers by adding the words “Trump falsely claims” to the headlines of many news articles being reported by news services and reprinted in The Gazette.

Rather than burying the false claim in the second or third paragraph, as most news service articles do, The Gazette should put it in the headline.

If The Gazette had done this, then these headlines would have appeared for readers:

—“Trump falsely claims he had a massive landslide victory.”

—“Trump falsely claims 3 million illegals voted in the election.”

—“Trump falsely claims he did not say that more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.”

—“Trump falsely claims 14 percent of non-citizens are registered to vote.”

With each day bringing more Twitter and news outlet offerings from Trump, there will be an endless stream of false and/or patently misleading statements being made by Trump.

It should be incumbent upon The Gazette to call Trump out and especially so in the article headline.

We will soon have a president that habitually blurs the line between truth and outright lies. The Gazette has a public duty to call the “balls and strikes” between truth and lies in these article headlines. I truly hope that The Gazette has the strength of character to do this for its readers.







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