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SHUTDOWN: Pitts column reflects media bias

Letter by Paul F. Adan, Tacoma on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:47 am with No Comments »
October 9, 2013 11:47 am

Re: “Nation held hostage by right’s Obama Dementia” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 10-9).

The political cartoon in the opinion section, along with the Pitts column, made me angry. I can’t understand why The News Tribune would print this garbage. If the shoe was on the other foot, and a conservative drew a similar cartoon or wrote a similar article, he would be labeled as a “racist” or “hatemonger.” After that, his career would slowly wither away as the media castigated him for his insensitivity and pummeled him with criticism.

The TNT should consider no longer printing Pitts’ op-ed pieces. Though he’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, his articles are frequently laced with lies and innuendos. In the case of this article, he took great pleasure in depicting Republicans as hostage-takers, political thugs, mentally deranged haters and spoiled children.

Beyond the labels, he failed to acknowledge that the House of Representatives – with its Republican majority – is more representative of America than either the Senate or the president.

Finally, he showed an atrocious willingness to gloss over the facts when explaining how and why we ended up with Obamacare.

There is no doubt that the shutdown is a tragedy for all those people who are waiting for a paycheck, but to suggest that the majority of Americans support Obamacare is an outright lie. Let’s face it, never before in American history has an entitlement program passed through Congress on a strictly partisan vote, and the only reason we now have a Republican majority in the House is because Americans rejected Obamacare in 2010.

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