Marianne Milton: ‘I cannot stomach’ Gazette editing choices

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Published: 10/14/2020 11:09:44 AM

The editing team at the Daily Hampshire Gazette this season seems to be glorifying white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and Trump supporters with its choice of coverage.

I am disappointed that, after 20 years of being a daily reader of the newspaper, I am unable to open the day’s edition without trepidation.

To edit means to make choices. I cannot stomach yours.

You are undermining a storied newspaper that has stood for something other than “fine people on both sides” for over 200 years.

I believe you will find yourself on the wrong side of history by treating Trump like anything less than the death-dealing fascist he is. But most newspaper editors made similar mistakes about Mussolini and Hitler. I’m dead serious about the comparison; I am not overstating my belief about how dangerous he appears to want to be.

I’m sorry that you choose to cover him and his supporters uncritically, and promote the viewpoints of those who support the lies, gaslighting, and barely concealed threats he emits.

Trump is a danger both to individuals and to our pluralistic Democracy as a whole. We find ourselves allied with dictators such as Putin and Kim Jong-un and alienated from our long-standing international friends such as Germany and Canada. Trump is dog whistling not only to Americans, but to repressive and racist regimes around the world.

And I’m dead tired of opening the first page and seeing nothing but “Whites in History” photographs (way too large, by the way) under the “A Look Back” headline.

Enough.

I hope you will take a look at what you’re doing from the perspective of individuals who are terrified by and dying from the increased racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and transphobia around this country due to Trump and his supporters.

Trump and his corps are literally issuing calls to arms daily, and evil is responding.

Please reconsider.

Marianne Milton

Northampton




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