Eagle, colunist help cause more division
Thank you for another editorial full of vitriol and hate (Eagle, Aug. 4). I think it is time to ask what role media groups such as The Eagle and writers such as Carl Leubsdorf, former Washington Bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, play in the weekend's shootings. Ignoring divisive, hateful rhetoric from the left, Leubsdorf manages to misquote President Donald Trump.
Specifically, he stated the president attacks Mexicans as rapists bringing drugs and crime. The statement he is referring to has been debunked by many sources both conservative and liberal. The president was speaking of illegal immigrants and he noted that some entering the country illegally were probably good people. He was lamenting the large number of crimes attributed to many of these illegal immigrants. He was right. He certainly did not say Mexicans were rapists and criminals. He was speaking of a subset of a small group.
[Editor's note: When campaigning for president, Tromp said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.]
But here is my main concern: Leubsdorf, as so many in the press, doesn't just misreport the news. He reports what he wants to believe. He ignores the recent profane and hateful campaign comments from Democrat candidates, some of which may have influenced the Dayton shooter. The entire Democrat campaign is based on divisive, hateful rhetoric. The candidates really don't have anything else.
The economy is good. Minority and women employment is way up. Freedom has increased. The president has begged the Democrats to join him in solving the nation's remaining problems. They refuse. But, by printing the hate filled column by Carl Leubsdorf, The Eagle only helps him to project his own unhinged anger upon others -- thereby causing more division and anger.
LAWRENCE P. MARLIN