And another to my state rep

Dear Representative Rudder,

Trust me, I understand that it’s hurtful to see your political position ridiculed as “cult-like” in an editorial in the Washington Post and likened to “mind control” on CNN. You must sympathize with those of us whose feelings were hurt hearing similarly scurrilous things said about Obama on Fox News a few years ago. But it’s another thing altogether to decide that those entire organizations should be condemned for those opinions as “fake news” by a branch of the Tennessee government. Surely you understand that chief among “the rights that our veterans paid for with their blood” (as your resolution concludes) is the freedom of the press from governmental control? Please, I ask you to think better of it, and remove your name from this hasty and bad-natured resolution.
Yours,
Chris McDonough
Sewanee, TN
Here’s the story:

 

A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced an amendment to a resolution that would recognize CNN and the Washington Post “as fake news” that is “part of the media wing of the Democratic party”.

The amendment read: “We recognize that fake news outlets suggest ideas without directly making accusations so that they can claim innocence from their ivory towers.”

Republican state representative Micah Van Huss of Jonesboro introduced the measure Tuesday at the state’s capital. According to local station WREG, it amends a previous joint house resolution filed last month.

The resolution cites instances throughout 2019 in which the Post staff or CNN personalities referred to Donald Trump’s supporters as a cult or “cult-like”.

It said: “We condemn them for denigrating our citizens and implying that they are weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood.”

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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