A couple of years ago a fellow I know (let's just say his name is Tom) made the statement that he did not understand why Democrats were so violent. But Democrats did not storm the U.S. Capital. Democrats did not shatter the windows of the Democratic Office in Brookings this past weekend, for the sixth time since 2012. Tom is wrong. The violent ones come from the far right fringe: white supremacists, the people who believe that our forest fires are being set by Jewish space lasers and that the shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook and Las Vegas were faked.
Sure, the mainstream news has its biases, but it's still the best lens to reality that we have. When the big emergency hits, you will not find safety on fakebook. Tom needs to get his news from the tried and true mass media. That's why the First Amendment guarantees the right of a free press. Those who think it is the enemy of the people are the ones who should be suspect. We now live with domestic terrorism right here in Brookings. Isn't that special, Tom?