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Columnist should heed her own admonition

Date published: 7/10/2014

Columnist should heed her own admonition

It would be nice if Linda White actually took her own advice in her July 6 column ["Disagreement isn't bigotry"], in which she states that name-calling "fails to respect others' points of view, much less attempt to understand them."

Yet she refers to Gov. McAuliffe as "Obama's Mini-Me" in the same piece. Name-calling? Say it ain't so!

Ms. White also claims to be seeking the "truth" about various matters, but then proceeds to provide talking points that are at best misleading and at worst false.

On Benghazi, Ms. White asks, "Who gave the order for the military to stand down ?" But the House Armed Services Subcommittee (with a majority of Republicans) has already stated that no stand-down order was given. The site security team was ordered to stay in Tripoli to defend the embassy and its staff, and to assist the wounded being evacuated to Tripoli.

On the IRS, Ms. White asks, "Whose ideas was it to target conservative groups?" This totally ignores the fact that progressive groups were also targeted, and tries to make the whole thing reek of Nixonian enemies lists.

Ms. White also seems to ignore the myriad investigations by the Inspector General, the FBI and Congress, which have found mismanagement but no criminal actions.

Ms. White seems to be more interested in mud-slinging and name-calling than in finding the truth or understanding others' points of view.

According to Merriam-Webster, a bigot is a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices. If the shoe fits, Ms. White

Jeff Machelski