Letters to the Editor

Nation headed the wrong way, with the press in tow

Re Oct. 2 column by Carolyn Callison Murray, “The sky is not falling”

I don’t know Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of The Sun News. I also do not share her optimism of print journalism in the future.

I say this because recent polls show 60 percent no longer believe what they read in newspapers, nor do they think reporting is fair and above board.

I have no quarrel with this paper or any other paper that wants to point out Mitt Romney’s gaffes or missteps. My problem is they won’t print the gaffes of the other candidate and his running mate. I know, The Sun News gets its sources from the Associated Press, and therein lies the fallback position of the paper. I guess there are no reporters in Myrtle Beach that know how to write a balanced article, or so it would seem.

I make no apologies as to which candidate I prefer as president. The choice is having someone who actually has made money and has run a business as opposed to four more years of on the job training. But I have come to this conclusion: I think it will be better to have the current president in office when the country collapses and defaults in three years with an unsustainable $20 trillion debt on its back. Romney will not be held accountable, but then again, neither will Obama because the press will report it as further proof it was Bush’s fault.

I have seen no articles in this paper pointing out the fallacy of taxing a “rich person making over $250,000 a year.” If this happens, it would fund the government for eight whole days. What happens next year? Listen up, people: We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Ever wonder why your credit card has a spending limit on it? Because if it didn’t we would have even more defaults, even more than the looming 1 million more foreclosures ready to hit after the election. Get ready to take the hit on your home values and 401(k)s.

I will offer this to the affable Ms. Murray: Don’t kid yourself. Two things are bound to happen, and soon. This paper, like so many others, will experience dwindling advertising dollars because the next four years will get remarkably worse with the debt, health care, slow growth, negative GDP and higher taxes, and look for the polls to show 80 percent will not trust the news anymore, especially when the press will be under extreme pressure to print only what the government tells them to print. Maybe at that time the press will wake up. Don’t bet on it.

The writer lives in Little River.