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A quote from Clarence Darrow is quite prophetic: It is “profound irony: our independent press with its untrammeled freedom to twist and misrepresent the news is one of the barriers in the way of the American people achieving their freedom.”

This twisting of the news by the media has been the norm for at least the past 12 years. The media no longer reports the news; it makes commentary on only the information they want people to have. They decided that the killing of four Americans in Libya is not newsworthy, but four years ago, it would have been an impeachable offense. Now it is covered up; four years ago, it would have been front-page news good for at least two months of stories.

The media repeated the comment made by our leader that General Motors was “saved.” However, he conveniently didn’t mention that the head of GM stated that seven of every 10 GM cars will be made in China. This news, too, would have been front and center ad nauseum four years ago.

Our country is in grave trouble. As Ayn Rand wrote in “Atlas Shrugged,” “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you ... you may know that your society is doomed.”

These comments become scarier when you realize it is a description of this administration. To paraphrase Tiny Tim: May God help us all, every one.

Eileen Peerless, La Plata