Re columns by Leonard Pitts Jr.
You appear, Mr. Pitts, to suffer traumatic blindness, which has become epidemic in liberal circles since last November. You resort to name calling and factual misrepresentation in lieu of truth and accuracy. Not surprising, given the emergence of the American homo sapiens hybrid cultivar of the past four decades: intolerant ones demanding ever greater entitlements, lessening responsibility and respect for traditionally ‘American’ values – truth, integrity, free speech, and responsible journalism. Led by the liberal press and academia, much American journalism chose repression of valid news during Barack Obama’s Presidency, indulging its propensity for selective outrage.
In your earlier 2017 columns, you raged against Republicans’ inaction regarding the impeachability of President Trump. You wrote, “We behaved as if Hillary Clinton’s shifting explanations for the use of a private email server — troubling though they were — were somehow as ominous and potentially consequential as Donald Trump’s mendacity, crudeness, incompetence, and overall unfitness.” You name her action, but fail to identify her criminal culpability; it was a violation of her oath and the duties of the U.S. Secretary of State. A felony offense, in fact, and hence, truly worthy of impeachment.
Why weren’t Democrats and liberals clamoring for justice when these felonious activities were revealed? You demand impeachment for the unproven, as you rummage for the impeachable in President Trump’s closet. Do you really believe, Mr. Pitts, that criminal is preferable to crude in a U.S. President?
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You dove straight into the refuge of the factually challenged – derogatory sobriquets without substantiation – when trying to compare her to President Trump. His words an overactive bladder? An unappealing image, to be sure, but one which does not begin to approach the repugnance of the infamous shimmering feculence offered up by Hillary, and I quote, “What difference does it make at this point?” This asked in reference to our slaughtered Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, whom had been refused assistance no less than 13 times prior to their murder.
This high-grade effluvium can only be emitted by those occupying unmerited office. In your March 28 column you wrote, “If there is to be a silver lining in the historical dark cloud that is Donald Trump, it’s that we might someday look back and say that he forced journalism to re-invent itself or, perhaps more accurately, to re-embrace itself, to remember what it is supposed to stand for. Maybe we’ll someday say that he forced us to abandon the fantasy that there is no moral component, no human judgment, involved in reporting the news.”
While I think of President Trump more as powerfully disinfecting sunshine than as a dark cloud, I can only hope that you and other journalists will be successful in giving up “the fantasy that there is no moral component… involved in reporting the news.”
Please, Mr. Pitts, get some help before this rampant, insidious malady claims your mind and your soul.
The writer lives in Georgetown.