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NWA Letters to the Editor

April 20, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.

Hoaxes about Trump,

others easy to disprove

Every day brings new surprises, some good and some bad. When I opened the editorial page on March 31, I was delighted to see Marianne Beasley has decided to move into comedy. How else to judge her statement that "we didn't have Hillary and CNN and Democrat leaders making up lies." It was only after I finished laughing for 15 minutes that the thought crossed my mind that maybe she was serious. I've decided that I better not take the chance of such a breathtakingly dishonest statement going unchallenged.

Let's start with the most easily dispelled hoax, that President Trump called neo-Nazis "fine people." Trump is on record for disavowing any support for these people, yet the dishonesty continues. Scott Adams gives an extremely detailed debunking of this hoax on his website (https://bit.ly/3mOKt6b). He also proposes something called the hoax funnel. He calls it a hoax funnel because when people discover the larger hoax, they instantly replace it with a lesser hoax, and continues on down until the final claim is laughably vaporous, consisting of a question without a claim.

When you show that Trump did not call any neo-Nazis "fine people," the victim then claims that no fine people march with neo-Nazis. Once that is debunked, the victim then retreats to the point that Trump wasn't talking about statue protests! Debunk that, and the victim retreats to the claim that the event was a neo-Nazi event. Finally, they will wind up in the question phase instead of the opinion phase. This is usually phrased as a question like: Why didn't Trump speak out against racism and neo-Nazis? Scott follows the hoax funnel quite a ways down, and you can read it for yourself at the above link.

In the same way, the Russian collusion hoax is another lie pushed by Democratic leaders and the national media. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff was on the committee that interviewed Director [of National Intelligence James] Clapper on July 17, 2017, in which Clapper said, "I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election." Yet, Schiff looked us all in the eye in April 2019 and said that there was "ample evidence of collusion in plain sight." He lied and lied, and lied again.

Continuing with the torrent of lies that puts Niagara Falls to shame, we have the Covington Catholic High School kids hoax, in which Nick Sandmann received a settlement to end a defamation lawsuit against CNN. There's the disinfectant hoax, in which people think Trump urged people to put bleach into their bodies to kill the coronavirus.

There's many more examples of hoaxes that are pushed by the media and Democratic leadership, but space is limited.

Let me finish by pointing out that Ms. Beasely is within her rights to assert ridiculous things. My advice is to assert ridiculous things that don't have a wealth of material proving those ridiculous things wrong.

Lonnie Hill

Fayetteville

All elections should

be held once a year

The recent bond vote in Bentonville received only 1,134 cast ballots out of a potential 29,942 Bentonville voters, less than 4%. Yet each of the nine questions received 76% or more approval. Anyone who shops in Bentonville will be paying 1% more until 2046 because 866 people voted for question one.

All elections should be held once a year when 10-20 times as many people vote. If you do not like the tax that 866 people voted for, you can change it in 2046 if you are still alive.

Charles Janzen

Bella Vista

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