In the case of U.S. president, lying is not just revising

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

On Page Five of Monday’s edition there is an article referencing Obama’s falling approval ratings.  In that article appears the sentence “Obama revised his pledge.”  When does lying to the American people become a revision?  I am sure you have seen the multiple times Obama had stated in no uncertain terms that “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, PERIOD.”  and “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, PERIOD.”  There is no if’s, and’s, or but’s, in those sentences.  The fact is that he lied to the people because he would have NEVER received approval for his plan had he told the truth, and he would have not been re-elected had he told the truth.  In his second campaign he continued to lie about Obamacare to get re-elected.

You may think that this lie is okay, because he is giving the U.S.A. health insurance for everyone.  So that the end justifies the means.  Among the problems with this approach is that one lie begets another and another.  He now denies that he intended to lie the first time, another lie.  Then you have Democrats on TV denying the obvious and saying he didn’t lie, he just didn’t tell the whole truth, and that he should have added a few asterisks to his statements.  These people just make matters worse.  It is like the husband who gets caught in bed with another woman, and he tells the wife, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes.”

The press is one of the few places where truth should matter, and you do a disservice to your readers when you don’t state the facts as they are, and maybe not how you might wish them to be.  The public loses confidence in both the government and the press when they are being lied to on a consistent basis. See Benghazi, IRS and the Tea Party organizations, Fast and Furious.

I hope in the future you tell it like it is. Your readers deserve better.

Mike Hawkins,
Santa Ana
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