YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Freedom of speech: Newspapers should report not criticize

To the editor:

I think you were a day late with your editorial participation in the Boston Globe’s sponsored national hate President Trump and his supporters day, but I am not really sure as I pay very little attention to national news media outlets. I thought it was Thursday, not Friday as in your editorial.

I am not going to cancel my subscription as “The Salem News” is the only newspaper I get anymore. I no longer waste my money on the “Alliance Review” or the “Youngstown Vindicator.” However, I would like to remind you that, as stated in your article, the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from making any law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

President Trump, those who attend his rallies, and those of any political view have just as much right to call “fake news” fake news when they see it as you do to print it. Your job is to report it, not to criticize those who choose to exercise their right to “freedom of speech.”

RONALD F. ESHLER,

Berlin Center

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