To the editor:

I am disappointed that The Daily News would print Warren Russo's recent column (Opinion page, Nov. 30) without fact-checking his assertions, many – in fact, most – of which are fallacious or misleading.

As an "opinion piece," it is not well-marked as such and you are doing a disservice to your community by printing such rubbish, which some readers might actually believe to be true.

As John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

Mr. Russo can rant and rave as much as he wants but the facts of what Trump tried to do in Ukraine persist and nothing he says can change them. Trump withheld aid, approved by Congress, to Ukraine to try to coerce them to open an investigation into the Bidens. Blackmail is specifically cited in the Constitution as a "high crime and misdemeanor." Trump is not above the law and the House in holding him accountable.

I watched the hearings with interest and, instead of finding them a "national embarrassment," I was proud, as an American, to see our government working as it should.

I was impressed with the quality of my fellow citizens who are the very people in this time of chaos that are making sure our government continues to function. They were truly impressive – educated, nonpolitical, well-spoken, capable, loyal and, above all, brave to come forward at the risk of their livelihoods to speak the truth. The only "self-serving despicables" I saw were Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan.

Although Russo rants against all politicians, he casts his aspersions and innuendo only at the Democrats, citing all the usual subjects: Biden, Clinton, Warren and, of course, Obama.

His attacks range from the ridiculous (Warren works out to Patsy Cline) to the outright fallacious (Clinton embezzled $140 million while she was secretary of state). Russo knows that Hillary Clinton has been thoroughly investigated over a 10-year period at a cost of millions of dollars and no proof of this was ever found.

This is in marked contrast to the current administration that in three years has produced 37 indictments, seven convictions and six prison sentences, with many more to come.

One final inconvenient fact, with regard to the "hearsay testimony from unidentified whistleblower." Mr. Russo should know the individual strictly followed the letter of the law protecting whistleblowers (and thus encouraging them to come forward). Every single one of his or her assertions were corroborated by the witnesses called before the House investigation committee.

I believe that every person is entitled to their own opinion but when these opinions are knowingly false and misleading, they are not entitled to have them printed in a newspaper except as a paid advertisement. It is time for The Daily News to adopt a higher journalistic standard.

Patricia Ward

Newburyport

 

 

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