The Herald-Leader wants us to believe it really cares about the integrity of this country’s elections. The Feb. 1 editorial was a 15-paragraph rant by a paper that only cares about election laws when its party loses.
The problem is that the Russians are using social media, the editors say. Shouldn’t social media be a place for free speech? I don’t recall the paper being upset by Black Lives Matter social media.
You can’t ban or censor social media because a government or individuals are trying to influence opinions. That’s something North Korea and China do.
Then Herald-Leader editorials accuse Russians of “rubbing salt into open wounds” to inflame grievances by using guns, gays, race and political correctness.
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What’s the matter — mad because the Russians stole your methods? How sad is it that the Herald-Leader, which doesn’t even try to hide its political leanings, is mad at another entity for trying to influence elections?
At least the Russians haven’t littered our yards and streets then pointed to the First Amendment for justification.
Interference by foreign governments is an important issue. But the Herald-Leader is, once again, simply using its status as a quasi-news agency to influence local and national politics.