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In your editorial on Nov. 1 blaming Trump, Daines and Gianforte for attacks on the media, you call for a discussion on facts.

Yet in that Gazette Opinion defending the media, you distort facts for editorial purposes. Do you read your own newspaper? Earlier in the week you stated that someone with “mental health issues” left a package with homemade light sabers at KTVQ in an area with cameras to keep them safe. He was found and taken to the hospital for an evaluation. Yet in your editorial defending the media, you call this package a “hoax device” as if its purpose was a local attack on the media. Your editorial intent seems to be to put this incident in the same category as the shooting in Annapolis and the device sent to CNN. However, “hoax” is defined as something done with the intention to deceive. According to your own previous article, the gentleman did not leave his package as a hoax. In referring to the package as a “hoax device” you use it as an excuse for an attack on Trump, Daines and Gianforte.

Your editorial is deceptive, thus creating a hoax. The writer concludes: “We have seen the enemy. And it is not us.” By misusing facts about a person with mental health issues as an excuse to editorialize your anti-Trump opinions, perhaps you are becoming your own worst enemy. And, as I recall, Rep. Greg Gianforte apologized for his actions.

Mike Fouhy

Billings

Editor's note: Police described the object as a "hoax device" and the bomb squad detonated it as a precaution.

 

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