For the past two years, TV news networks (with one exception) have been exploiting the raw emotion held by millions of Americans who hate the president with extensive, opinion-laden coverage of the Trump Russia collusion hoax. These networks have turned what has more closely resembled performance art than actual news reporting into a cash cow, with grandiose assurances that Trump would be hauled off in handcuffs as the grand finale.
So now what happens to these networks? The right has never trusted them; moderates have seen how eagerly they abandoned objectivity and basic journalistic standards in order to participate in “The Resistance” and the left now feels betrayed and lied to.
So who’s left? Not too many people, by my count.
Conservatives may be tempted to take a victory lap here, but I would argue that the loss of media credibility is nothing to celebrate. In its absence, people are more likely to search out unabashedly biased reporting that fits into their worldview, adopting the belief that there is no such thing as an objective media.
That’s an ominous sign that only portends even more division and tribalism.
Phil Bridges, Nampa
Affordable Care Act
I am an Idaho native and my husband is a Vietnam vet. With the high cost of living in Idaho, relocated from Teton Valley to live with relatives in North Idaho because property is more than what we receive on Social Security.
Under the new regulations of the Affordable Care Act, we do not qualify for this program. Our insurance premiums are over $2,800 per month. We have had to pay for colonoscopies, yearly exams and blood work, and other supposed wellness care.
The clincher is we are considered homeless and cannot register to vote, but have to pay state taxes even though we aren’t working here and have no residence.
Diana Flint, Dreary
We are a nation at risk. We struggle to find common ground, and we lack the trust and ability to compromise and believe and trust one another. The most recent example of our striking differences is Mueller’s special counsel’s findings on Russian collusion. Some think it was a witch hunt, others a cover-up.
We are a tale of two cities (Charles Dickens). “It is the best of times and the worst of times.” Our economy and standard of living is up, but our civility and social discourse is waning and extremely toxic. Congress has spent endless months debating if there is a crisis on our southern border. Democrats say it is a hoax and is being fabricated. Republicans say the southern border is out of control and being overrun by illegals.
In addition, we are sharply divided over free speech, religious freedom, fake news, climate change, social justice, abortion, illegal aliens, citizenship, etc. We are engaged in a constant, toxic, perennial power struggle. Our civility and social discourse needs to improve. Maybe a little more kindness, turning the other cheek, doing unto others as we would have them do unto us might be a good starting point.
Morris Bastian, Boise