Media comes under fire

To the editor:

Part of the $1 billion in propaganda money from the Koch Brothers flows into Ohio to lie to you and influence you to support their personal agenda. Rob Portman is supported by them, and he supports Donald Trump. Say no more. They are attempting to buy all branches of government.

Please don’t put your trust in them. Vote for Hillary Clinton and Ted Strickland.

David Cay Johnson’s book “The Making of Donald Trump” can be got at the library. As an economist, Johnson is accustomed to facts and figures, and he has covered Trump for decades. The book gives details and facts about Trump’s ties to the mob and drug traffickers. Please read it if you consider voting for either of the ones mentioned in my first paragraph. “Democracy Now” at 5 a.m. on PBS tells a lot, too, that you won’t hear in the mainstream media.

Most news sources have been intimidated by Trump so that they are afraid to write or say something negative about him. He threatens to ruin them. With his ties to the mob, he could do it. So you have to find out the truth yourself.

Here is a partial list the Washington Post has referenced:

¯ Trump’s habit of refusing to pay contractors who have done work for him, many of whom are struggling small businesses.

¯ Trump model management, which reportedly had foreign models lie to customs officials and work in the U.S. illegally, and kept them in squalid conditions while they earned almost nothing for the work they did.

¯ Trump’s employment of foreign guest workers at his resorts, which involves a claim that he can’t find Americans to do the work.

¯ Trump’s connections to mafia figures involved in New York construction.

¯ The time Trump paid the Federal Trade Commission $750,000 over charges that he violated antitrust laws when trying to take over a rival casino company.

The Washington Post further says, these stories get covered briefly and then coverage stops. That’s important, because we may have reached a point where the frames around the candidates get locked in: Trump is supposedly the crazy and bigoted one, and Clinton is supposedly the corrupt one. Once we decide that those are the appropriate lenses through which the two candidates are to be viewed, it shapes the decisions the media make every day about which stories are important to pursue.

And it means that, to a great extent, for all the controversy he has caused and all the unflattering stories in the press about him, Trump is still being let off the hook.

Someone who has made a lifetime of mistreating the small businessman is not suddenly going to change and work in your or my interests.  And while you’re voting him out, please vote out the obstructionist Congress, too. Vote for Clinton and Strickland.  Spread the words above from a source that has a long- established reputation and history of investigative journalism.

Amy Frey

Wintersville

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