Letter to the Editor: Commentary, News Coverage Doesn’t Match on COVID-19

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On my way south to meet my new puppy, I stopped at a Centralia motel and picked up the Oct. 7 copy of The Chronicle. After reading most of it, I was struck by the incongruities in the articles and support for extremists in your area.

From factual reporting on the uptick of COVID-19 cases and other news in your county, to the former Lewis County sheriff promoting misinformation about COVID-19, determined to spur people to agitation, to the paper’s biased and inflated editorial opinion piece (“Rally Against Mandates an Exercise in Democracy”) The Chronicle appears to be schizophrenic. Jumping from facts to nonsense on the same coronavirus issue does not make for a reliable source of information.

What do you stand for? Do you have the guts to tell people the whole truth about the pandemic: That it’s not a hoax, you were lied to by Trump then and now, and it’s important to get a handle on this disease by all getting vaccinated? It’s what we do as a nation — when a crisis hits, we work together.

As I read the ex-sheriff’s emotional roller coaster from one topic to another — a convoluted, divisive and outright fictitious, cynical piece of disinformation — I wondered about the safety of ordinary people in your county and towns from law enforcement. When a community cannot rely on the police to be nonpartisan, unbiased, fair and trustworthy, then to whom can they turn for reason and protection?

I realize that most people who choose police work as a profession are not bat crazy, but good, solid citizens. They need the public to be decent and respectful, as much as people need the police to be ethical peacekeepers. Ditto for those at The Chronicle.

 

Gayle Brauner

Port Angeles