Tattler: I have been observing your blog over the last several years and I have appreciated the effort you've put into covering the various issues facing Sierra Madre. You have provided information that could scarcely be obtained otherwise. Certainly information that Ms. Henderson at the Mountain View News would never present to her readers.
Unfortunately, I feel that your coverage over the last six months or more would be readily approved and applauded by Ms. Henderson, who you yourself reported as emanating from crooked democrat roots. Prior to this recent election, you presented yourself as a conservative, right leaning individual such as myself. This was refreshing in contrast to the disproportionate left leaning media generally found in this county and state.
I can understand your displeasure with certain attributes Trump exhibits, but you've really gone too far in your derogatory statements of "dumbass red states" and the like.
Your blog has seemingly eroded into an odd dichotomy of extreme conservatism at the local level contrasted with extreme liberalism at the state and federal level. Not quite sure how to interpret or unravel what's gone on here.
Beyond that, your extremist views against Trump would imply that the alternative, meaning Hillary, was preferable. Prior to this election, I would have positioned you as far too intelligent to adopt this sort of stance. Given that the "mission statement", if one exists, of the Tattler is to cover local area news that can't be sourced elsewhere, I remain confused why the national political scene dominates. I know you well enough to be certain you'd claim that it's "much more entertaining" at this point, but
I'd encourage you to return to your intended roots to prevent losing your viewers to news that can be gathered just as easily from MSNBC.
Mod: I have decided to leave the name of the writer out of this. Should he want me to include that here I will gladly add it later. Here is my reply.
Dear (fill in the blank): Sorry to question the core assumption of your thoughtful letter, but I see Trump as a dangerous radical, and is in no way a conservative. Quite the opposite, actually. He is an extremist, and given his troubling man-crush on the murderous Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, possibly even a willing traitor as well. America's first turncoat president.
I know it is novel to claim that it's the left who now patriotically defends America's interests, especially when one recalls such events as Jane Fonda's trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War, or the sight of well-fed and pampered Americans parading through the streets of Washington DC waving Viet Cong flags. These visions are still fresh for us seasoned veterans of life, and I am sure you too remember such things as well.
But that, to my mind at least, is where the likes of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon live today. Openly and freely representing the causes of our enemies. The reactionary right today panders to one of the most dangerous of foreign dictators, someone who has worked endlessly for America's demise. Just like the people some on the left pandered to during the Vietnam era.
Honestly, I see very little difference. Trump's shameless Putin butt-kissing during the Bill O'Reilly interview that aired before Sunday's Super Bowl game is, to me, no less offensive than Jane Fonda's worshipful sojourn to an enemy encampment in Vietnam. In many ways Donald Trump represents the very worst of what this generation has had to offer, be they on the radical left or radical right.
I am sorry, but yes, in this regard I have gone over to the other side. At least for now. I can be flexible, but it is very important to help make certain this information gets out. No other local media outlet is telling this story, either.
I will continue to post what I feel is accurate and important information on both local and national issues, no matter what the topic. But as far as the subject of Trump goes, you will likely remain unhappy with what I report here.
If you find any of this difficult to deal with then perhaps you really shouldn't read my blog anymore. I will never side with a so-called president that I believe represents a danger to the country I love. Not to mention the rest of the world as well.
Look at it this way. If nobody read The Tattler anymore, I could actually stop doing it. I would not be the least little bit sad. There are plenty of other things I could be doing. Like going to bed earlier and getting a better night's rest.
In short, I really don't see myself owing you anything. Nor am I willing to sell out my country for a few hundred extra blog hits. That is not how it works here.
Thanks for writing in.
Trump defends Putin’s murder of critics to Bill O’Reilly: ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’ (Raw Story link)
Putin critic fighting for his life with mysterious illness (CBS News link)
Leading GOP Strategist Labels Trump and His Supporters Traitors (PoliticusUSA.com link)
Trump praises Putin and Twitter eviscerates him (US Uncut.com link)
None Dare Call it Treason (BillMoyers.com link)
Trump Is A Traitor, Says Tea Party Ex-Senator Who Threatened Armed Revolt If Clinton Won (Reverb Press.com link)
Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty (Salon link)
There are four ways Donald Trump may be guilty of treason, says law expert (Raw Story link)
Did Donald Trump commit treason? (NBC link)
Donald Trump raises specter of treason (The Boston Globe link)