Letters to the Editor

Media has agenda on Obama re-election

To the Editor,

Re: Editorial cartoon, Opinion Sept. 22.

Your editorial cartoon shows American presidential candidate Mitt Romney with a Band-Aid over his mouth, apparently alluding to his “gaffe” regarding 47 per cent of the electorate being on some form of government dependency.

Romney’s statement was factually correct and needed to be said, even in a politically correct world.

On the other hand, during an appearance on the David Letterman program of Sept. 19, President Barack Obama was asked by the host if the national debt stood “around $10 trillion” and whether that was a problem. He responded, “I don’t know what the number is, precisely.” Being directly responsible for at least $5 trillion, he most certainly knows $10 trillion was an absurdly low and softball guess by Letterman.

If the President of the United States does not know that the national debt is greater than $16 trillion we can reach only two conclusions.

First, he was being dishonest to millions of viewers of the program, and second, the national press, both American and Canadian, are willing to blithely ignore what was not a ‘gaffe’ but a deliberate un-truth,

It appears both the Canadian and American media are stumping for the re-election of President Obama. Little wonder mainstream media retains so little credibility in an increasingly informed world.

Randy O’Donnell

Nanaimo

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