Letters to the Editor

The media should stop replaying Trump

Trump is a liar. Everyone knows he is a liar. Media, quit constantly replaying the videos — it is unnerving to hear his voice and see his face. Of course the media doesn’t want to be accused of lying. In self-defense they show the video of him lying and then show it again and again. Stop it! We are not unclear about who the liar is. Here is my suggestion, media — if you’re listening.

Tell us what he said. Don’t show his face — don’t replay his voice. State in your report that the chances are real high that he is lying — state that there is no evidence to support him — state that he lies often. Acknowledging what we already know goes a long way in giving us respect for the news. Here is an example of how you might report a story about him:

Reporter: “Trump claimed today that all Democrats are anti-American and are financing terrorists to attack Republicans. Republicans now have extra guards to protect themselves.” The reporter goes on, “Of course there is no evidence to support his accusation, he lies and we all know he lies. So that is it from here, back to you TV anchorperson.”

There is something refreshing about that way of reporting. It reports the news in the context of the person making the news.

Whoever thought the day would come when I have to use the mute button when the news comes on?

Les Deal

Cedar Rapids

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