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Gail Lando | Always press forward

Always press forward
 
Last week's Leader printed a letter calling for the end of public funding for the Public Broadcasting System because of bias.
The letter writer's complaint was that PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked the president three questions that were not complementary to the president.
The first question was about the president's own declaration at campaign rallies that he is a nationalist. She asked if these remarks could have emboldened white nationalists. She also asked about his refusal to take responsibility for the delay in response to the Covid -19 pandemic, after disbanding the White House pandemic office. Finally, she pointed out that at least one White House official referred to Covid-19 as "Kung Flu," a reference for the virus started in China. She simply asked if this language was acceptable to the president.
The president has a history of getting rid of people around him who tell him the truth. So in response to a journalist's questions, we should get rid of PBS? The president's words and actions have the power to inspire tremendous good, or not. All of us have a right to know where the President stands on issues that affect our lives, even if a journalist's questions offend the president and his followers. There are many news outlets that praise the president and extol conservatism, there needs to be a source that will ask the tough questions.
I quote Yamiche Alcindor: "President Trump today at the White House said to me: 'Be nice, don't be threatening.' I'm not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job. My take: Be steady, stay focused. Remember your purpose and always press forward."
This is why we need to continue public funding and our individual support for PBS.
 
Gail Lando
Grantsburg


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