I read with interest Dick Taylor’s response to my earlier letter. I hope this exchange generates more interest in some of the politics and debate over subjects of great importance to this country. The great men who debated and created the U.S. Constitution were all well- read individuals who were familiar with world history as well as the greatest thinkers in Europe at that time. They unanimously believed that a strong democracy (or democratic republic) would last only as long as it was supported by an educated and well-informed public.
As with many democrats, Mr. Taylor misinterpreted my comments about Fox News as my endorsement of everything they propose. Nothing could be further from the truth. I only encouraged people to sample Fox News as one source of information to compare with whatever else they read or believe. I agree that one should be as well informed about politics and whatever is going on in our governments (federal and state) as possible, to include all those sources Mr. Taylor cited.
I am still scared because I fear that the vast majority of the American public is ill informed and easily misled by those who seem to be leading us on a path of ever more dependence on government largess which cannot be sustained. A recent survey of Americans found that less than 50 percent could identify a photograph of Vice President Biden! The majority of the TV network news organizations choose to ignore news that they do not agree with. I will cite two examples.
The first is the disaster in Bengazi, Libya of last September. The Obama administration, including the state department has been trying to sweep that incident under the rug ever since. The latest example is the State Department’s own internal investigation which found nothing wrong and nobody at fault. It was just recently revealed that that investigation failed to formally interview then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several other state department officials with knowledge of the situation. The House republican committee charged with investigating this Bengazi event will be interviewing several state department employs this week about this disaster. To this point there has been notable silence by the three major TV news networks. As far as I can tell, only Fox News has been publicly covering this with interviews with Congressional representatives.
The second incident is a highly politically charged, but notably ignored by the major networks, murder trial of a Philidelphia abortion clinic physician accused of murdering at least four late-term abortion babies, who were born alive and subsequently killed by having their spinal cords severed. I heard only the end of a conversation by a Fox News reporter at the trial who stated that the seats reserved for the media there were largely empty. As of this writing, the jury is still out; I believe this decision is expected any day now. In my opinion, the media’s ignoring of this abortion case is “political correctness” run amok in the interest of protecting the democratic party’s policy of supporting “a woman’s right to choose!”