To the Editor:

Kathleen Parker’s editorial rant over Sarah Sanders’ demeanor with the press, coupled with the news of the day made me shake my head in disbelief. Kathleen’s words are at the heart of a problem in America. She complains that Sarah’s actions leads to the media “surrendering their adversarial posture.” Why does the media insist on being adversarial? Why can’t they just gather facts and report them and let the public make up its own mind? Because that’s not what the media does anymore. They’re not reporters, they’re advocates.

One story in the same edition was titled “Trump discounts Moore accusations.” Another was titled, “President Backs Moore.” What did the President actually say? He said, as one of the articles admits, “Roy Moore denies it, that’s all I can say.” But since the President didn’t take the same rabid anti-Moore approach the media has, he must be supporting him. It’s part of this “with us or against us mentality” that is permeating our society and the media uses it at every turn to try and disparage anyone that isn’t on board with whatever position they’re taking at the moment. Kathleen goes on to state that they are being treated by this administration as though they “are the swamp he seeks to drain.” I can’t speak for the President, Kathleen, but this is exactly how much of the public sees you — as a major part of the swamp. You brought that on yourselves the moment you stopped being reporters and became advocates.

Alfred E. “Sonny” Sanders

Marion

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