4:00 PM EDT, July 28, 2012
With all due respect to Sun columnist and former governorRobert L. Ehrlich Jr., I am continually dismayed by his right-wing rhetoric.
It's not just that his opinions differ from mine; I can accept that. It's rather the mind set that allows him to tell outright lies or twist the truth while sounding so mean and outraged most of the time just to get his point across.
We do not need another Fox News in our local paper. This sort of attitude is pitting friends and family members against one another, and it's usually over falsehoods. Honest, hardworking people are being manipulated. It has gone too far, and it is time to tell journalists and the media to have some self respect.
How can I as a Democrat possibly take an honest interest in Republicans' opinions when they show such a blatant disregard for the facts? That in itself makes me not want to even try to listen and learn, even as I am asking Republican's to do the same.
Let's put aside the anger and disrespect so that we can come together and work together. I would expect at least that much from so respected a figure as our former governor.
I remember months ago seeing Michael Steele, our former lieutenant governor, on a news show, and he pretty much said, yes, there will be lies and, yes, we will be misled — and all the while he had a smile on his face, as if that was supposed to be acceptable.
I don't think there is anything to smile about when it hurts our country, and that's what this kind of tabloid sensationalism is doing. It's time for the news to be about facts again, not just what some people or groups want us to believe.
Missie Sears, Crownsville
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