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Goldberg's views harm America

The Sun has given commentator Jonah Goldberg's columns unusual prominence recently, which reflects poorly on the paper's reputation for fair reporting ("Obama's comparison of Christianity, radical Islam defies logic," Feb. 7).

Mr. Goldberg is recognized as an extreme right-wing ideologue who represents the views of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative propaganda mill largely financed by the notorious Koch brothers.

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An example is his recent column on the Obama administration's characterization of the ties between Islam and Islamic State terrorists.

Typically, Mr. Goldberg, in Fox News fashion, misrepresents President Barack Obama's statements then proceeds to attack the false quotes.

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According to Mr. Goldberg, the president denied a tie between the terrorists and Islam. Obviously he did no such thing.

The president's stated position is that the terrorists represent neither mainstream Islam nor the views of the majority of Islam believers.

The president is careful to emphasize that our war against ISIS is not a war between the West and the Islam or the Arab world. It is clear that some of our key allies are the Arab nations and other Islamic countries, such as Turkey and Indonesia.

The president's position is clearly the only one the U.S. can embrace. Mr. Goldberg, in his desperate effort to paint the president in a bad light, could easily damage the effectiveness of our counterterrorism efforts. The Sun does us no favor by trumpeting his views.

Jack Kinstlinger, Towson

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