To the Editor:
Joan Oliver spoke of killing (shooting) the messenger in a recent column, referring to attacking the bearer of bad news. Your neighbors’ teenage kids have a small but noisy party while their guardians are away, drinking and smoking weed, several seen having sex in the gazebo out back.
So you tell the parents when they get back in town. Of course, their children deny it and the police are called on you for fabricating such trash. Then another neighbor shows up, complaining about the beer bottles thrown over the fence into his yard.
Now the police are looking at the parents, and doubly hard at you, as what business was it of yours what was going on next door, anyway, as none of those bottles ended up in your yard?
A daily periodical could do the same thing if they don’t like your views. They could edit submissions to the editor to make them look as if they’d been written by a third grader. If they, or even just one employee down there, are trying to get a candidate for a local office elected, they could claim a letter with derogatory comments about that person was never received at all.
It would have seemed out of place amongst all those glowing endorsements written by shills, anyway.
Then, both to assuage their guilt and make the writer appear utterly un-American, a column could be written that characterized him as crazy and radical, without mentioning his name of course. Trump knows it, and so do the Democrats.
If you control the media you’ll likely achieve the office to which you aspire, or retain it if an incumbent.
This is why people dislike politicians. They claim themselves to be servants of the public, but the only one those with bloated egos are serving is themselves.
Madigan said it best, that power is an aphrodisiac, and look at where the state is under his leadership. Term limits might help, keep a few of them out of prison and take them a bit longer to bankrupt the state.