Both sides of the issue

1 year ago

To the editor:

I recently wrote regarding Catholic Charities being involved with facilitating getting illegal aliens, criminals by definition, across the border. I further write I learned this from watching Fox News.

A week later, Mr. Craig responded to this by saying Catholic Charities does a lot of good and that if people didn’t listen to “farfetched TV channels that have a  tendency to downplay democracy,” we’d know they did a lot of good.

Well, where do I start? First of all, not once does he address or rebut what I rote about Catholic Charities helping to bring illegals across our border. He avoided that issue entirely. Everyone knows Catholic Charities does a whole lot of good. The point was that this good organization is doing something untoward, to say the least, and people should be aware of it.

The next thing he does is try to insult Fox News, which happens to be the No. 1 cable channel for news by far. They are not “farfetched” and they definitely do not “downplay democracy”; quite the contrary. This is something he’s heard from the mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC) that he regurgitates without merit or facts. If you watch Fox News, you will see both sides of issues covered, both parties given opportunities to give their opinions and the audience given the right to make up their own minds. This is democracy in action and on display.

Mr. Craig seems to suggest we should only have access to the “local newspapers and TV news shows” that he believes we should read and watch. That’s a dictatorship, not democracy.  What I believe Mr. Craig is trying to say is that perhaps Fox News sometimes exposes the Democratic Party for what they really are and what they are doing to our country.

But when Fox News gives people access to both sides of issues, not just a single rigid narrative, that is the very essence of democracy and the U.S.A., is it not?

Clare Kierstead
Presque Isle