This is a great example of the damage Trumpism is doing to our constitutional republic. So far the damage seems much more national than local.
In real life most local officials are not trying the Fake News thing. They instead call the publisher who calmly calmly asks if there are factual errors in the coverage. Some of those who are also advertisers then threaten to withhold business. The publisher then reminds them the conversation was not put off the record but s/he has no present reason to use the quote. The next morning they share a table at the CC breakfast because they both volunteered to organize a community event.
Perhaps our communities will survive these dark days of political history.
March 20, 2014
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