January 31, 2017

Takes One to Know One

My brother Brian has this exchange with one of the editors at the unthinking leftist newspaper The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:


Dear Mr. Robberson,

In your editorial of last Friday entitled "Trump's Tortured Words" your newspaper opined, "Since it's well-established that this President exaggerates and lies..." and advised skepticism when listening to him. I do not recall your paper calling Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or Bill Clinton liars. You seem to reserve such slanders for Republican Presidents like Trump, G.W. Bush and his father, and, of course Ronald Reagan.

Where was your paper's truth detector when dealing with President Obama's health care lies? You surely remember: If you like your current plan you can keep it,If you like your current doctor you can keep him, and the ACA will reduce health care costs by $2,5000 per family. During the recent campaign you never labeled Hillary Clinton a liar when she insisted that she had never sent classified information over her unsecure and unauthorized e-mail server. While we're on the subject, you never called Mrs. Clinton's estranged husband a liar when he claimed, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never asked anybody to lie..." The examples are too numerous to recount.

As I say, your newspaper never tires of bashing Republicans. That, of course, is permissible and expected for a Democratic newspaper. You slip over into character assassination and slander when you accuse one party's spokesman of being a "liar", and giving the vitriolic and unhinged spokespeople of the other side a free pass. Your readers deserve better.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 1:46 PM, Tod Robberson <TRobberson@post-dispatch.com> wrote:

Actually, we called out Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, among others, whenever their words didn't match the facts or when they did bone-headed things. It's too bad that you chose to make a blanket characterization without actually checking our record. You are flat-out wrong.


There has never been a president like Donald Trump who blatantly lies, when there is direct video and audio proof that he has lied. There is no separate standard here. Anyone in a position of power who openly lies the way Trump does will receive the same treatment. It's not a Republican or a Democrat thing. It's a truth thing.


Thanks,

Tod


Brian E. Birdnow

I'll remember this the next time Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer come up with a Pinocchio-style falsehood.


B. birdnow


Sir,
I stand by my original point which was quite straightforward. You never, to my remembrance, referred to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton et al. as "liars". Your characterization of a Democrat as such would be a sacrilege for a liberal newspaper. You will, however, slander a Republican with glee, as we see right now.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Tod Robberson <TRobberson@post-dispatch.com> wrote:

Please do. In the meantime, you might want to read Dana Milbank's column in tomorrow's paper and see if any other American leader can match the record of overt falsehoods that Trump has set. You will be hard-pressed.



Tod



Tod Robberson

Editorial page editor

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