A May 21 column by Berry Craig blasted President Donald Trump for saying that “no politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly” by the press.
The letter went on to explain that history shows President Abraham Lincoln was put down, ridiculed and made fun of much more than any other president. To compare the mid-1800s with today’s media is like comparing apples and watermelons.
In the 1860s, most of the population lived in the rural areas with the great majority not having access to newspapers and certainly not radios, televisions or the internet. And many people of that era could not read, period. News from big city reporters reached the mass population weeks later, if at all.
With 24-hour news and every move made by the president reported to the world within seconds, the 21st-century media is hardly comparable to what happened during the mid-1800s.
I have not seen in my lifetime such hateful comments and such division in our country aimed toward the current president, and it started as soon as Trump announced his candidacy.
Donald R. Curtis