No right to be wrong with your facts
On Nov. 12, an editorial that appeared in the The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisian was published in your paper with the following statement directed at Joe Biden, and I quote, “Instead, you need to prepare for dealing with the country’s version of the despicable Illinois Speaker of the House, U.S. Senate President Mitch McConnell.”
I’m not aware that Senator McConnell is under investigation by the feds for bribery. Additionally, Senator McConnell is not the President of the Senate; in fact he’s the Senate majority leader. The only man in the Senate who can be described as the “president” of anything is Senator Chuck Grassley, the President Pro-Tempore. Finally, and unlike Senator McConnell, the Illinois Speaker of the House is a — wait for it, wait for it, here it comes — a Democrat.
Joe Biden is most certainly not the official President-elect until the Electoral College vote is certified by the states’ governors and then transmitted to the National Archives, and the process doesn’t stop there — see https://www.businessinsider.com/how-the-electoral-college-works-timeline-2020-8?op=1.
So the Illinoisian editorial is a contemptible, blatant and factually incorrect opinion piece. Moreover it is smear job on Senator McConnell. Perhaps your Democrat readers enjoy this kind of trash but I’m sure the Leader Herald has other readers who do not, and you may not find enough of the former to replace the latter if and when the latter decide to drop their subscriptions.
“Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts” — Bernard Baruch.
CHARLES F. HEIMERDINGER