LETTERS: On ‘fake news’ and Confederate statues

Real vs ‘fake news’ defined

In response to Albert Normandy’s Wednesday letter, is he is calling anything that does not agree with his biases “fake news?” It is not fake just because he doesn’t agree with it. His blanket statement that “The Monitor appears to be on the side of illegal immigrants,” is hard to defend since, after reading the paper every day, I don’t recall any time it has called for opening the borders and or making all immigrants legal. I think he confuses Christian and lawful treatment of illegal immigrants with approval. These are two very different things; both real news.

I would ask him a question: Was the Monitor’s front page coverage of the border wall protest march and demonstration at the La Lomita Chapel “fake news” or indicative of bias? It really happened. I was there. It was a gathering of all ethnicities, religions, ages and income levels in The Valley. Possibly, he could cite The Monitor ignoring or failing to cover a demonstration for a border wall but, to my knowledge, there haven’t been any such demonstrations. So they did cover the real news. Or, possibly he could provide some viable reasons for locking America away from the real world.

Although I occasionally strenuously disagree with The Monitor, I would suggest that he lessen his criticism of the paper and direct it more toward Facebook, Twitter, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN, which can — and often do — make mountains out of molehills, which is amplified, exaggerated of “fake news.” In fact, the printed media is the last source for America’s real news.

Ned Sheats, Mission

Removal of Confederate statues questioned

Current hysteria involving the presence of Confederate-era monuments in various parts of our country would be comical, if it weren’t so dangerous. Recently four Confederate monuments were relocated from the University of Texas campus in Austin. UT President Gregory Fenves ordered the removals saying the Confederate statues “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.” He noted that “while the university aims to preserve and study history, it must also acknowledge when history runs counter to the university’s core values.”

Good Lord! Is he suggesting that if certain historical events are suddenly deemed inconsistent with UT’s “core values” that educators should provide students enrolled in history courses with their own sanitized version of these events? This would amount to official indoctrination of university students, a practice that is commonplace in fascist and communist dictatorships but totally unacceptable in a reputable American university.

The monuments that are being defaced, removed or destroyed represent an important part of our legacy as a nation that once condoned slavery but which now provides more civil rights protections for its citizens than any other country in the world. Unfortunately we still have plenty of right-wing bigots and left-wing anarchists in our midst who throw gas on the fire and help generate violent demonstrations, like those in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The American Civil War ended 152 years ago so get over it!

Auston Cron, Alamo