To the Editor:
A reader’s letter in the last issue complained about mainstream media and a limited view of events that he described as “The Frame.” Mainstream media is identified that way because the vast majority of Americans recognize that the main media sources are honest, reliable and mostly unbiased. Mainstream media includes ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, and locally the Asheville Citizen Times, The Sylva Herald and, of course, The Smoky Mountain News. It does not include FOX, the president’s favorite network, but even that network has recently complained about the president’s actions.
I regularly watch CNN, ABC and NBC and also read The Week, a Newsweek/Time type of weekly magazine that usually provides reprints from various media, including Fox.com and the Washington Examiner, both of which are very conservative. CNN often interviews Trump supporters, including Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway and Rick Santorum, formerly a Republican senator from Pennsylvania and Trump supporter, as well as members of the president’s cabinet. Those interviews definitely present views from the president’s point of view.
As a Christian, I can’t support a sexist and racist liar, and have a hard time understanding how other Christians (or other people of faith) could support him, either. I am not a liberal Democrat. In fact, I was a moderate Republican for over 50 years, but I became an unaffiliated voter shortly before the current president was inaugurated. I never voted for a Democrat for president until 2016. I did not leave the Republican Party; it left me. Lincoln and Reagan are spinning in their graves.
I have lived in the South for well over 60 years. An old Southern saying expressed to someone who doesn’t “get it” is “God bless you.” So, to that letter writer: God bless you.