Letter: Frightening language

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

I’d like to offer some relevant quotes:

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” (Thomas Jefferson, letter from Paris, 1787)

“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media.” (Donald Trump tweet, July 19)

“It is the press, above all, which wages a positively fanatical and slanderous struggle, tearing down everything which can be regarded as a support of national independence, cultural elevation and the economic independence of the nation.” (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925)

“Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. . . . What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” (Donald Trump, Kansas City, July 25)

“War is Peace.” “Freedom is Slavery.” “Ignorance is Strength.” (George Orwell, 1984)

If you are not terrified, you are not paying attention to the past, the present or both.