Letter: 'Bread and circuses' distort politics

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To the editor:

I am an Eagle subscriber who watches "Meet The Press" every Sunday morning right after reading the comics and op-ed page.     

If you watched Chuck Todd host this morning's edition, you, too, were surprised and irritated. My irritation was at the "guest" — Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's aggressive seizure of the "mic." Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Johnson was adamant in his insistence on shouting a Fox News-type of tirade instead of replying to Todd's questions. Todd was frankly dismayed and indignant. His surprise was understandable.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut acknowledged Todd's dismay at the surprising display of Sen. Johnson's adherence to a right-wing extremist, "Trumpican" loyalist line (my term, not the senator's). Sen. Murphy actually said that he is "scared" at the willingness of Sen. Johnson and other GOP senators to put the perspective of their party above the good of our country, unto inviting foreign nations to meddle in our elections.

I'd really like to read Donald Morrison's thoughts about this morning's display of party-line revisionism before American democracy's good health. Maybe a series of pieces that include the thoughts of Judge Rutberg, and Mr. Everhart, too?

Is it possible that we have arrived at the point in this century of American history when the Newt Gingrich-inspired campaign for GOP single-party governance is making this decade's "play"?

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Gentlepeople: Please! Freedom and integrity of the press (whether paper or electronic ) was called into question by the drama of this morning's edition of "Meet the Press."

You, whose reputations as news reporters and analysts are intact, should shine the light here. We must be granted some serious analysis of the bright line between news in good faith and modern day "bread and circuses." I fear that the recent years' TV schedules filled with "reality" shows (that clearly aren't) amount to latter-day "bread and circuses" of inexpensive and shallow distraction for viewers — not far from Fox News' revision of American history, and obfuscation of America's national problems. Where do our real freedoms, and our shared responsibilities, lie?

And please, call a halt to the fiction that "both sides (democrats and aristocrats ) are equally without standards for truth-telling and analysis in good faith."

This is a good time for frank and wise assessment of exactly where we who live in the cradle of the American Revolution that is New England are as we proceed further into the final year before the 2020 election.

Julia W. Kay-Grace,

Becket


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