Letter should have included whole quote

Posted 2/4/18

It's unfortunate that the recent letter you published titled "Clyburn's Nazi comments were disgusting" fails to quote any of what U.S Rep. Clyburn actually said, causing it to be misleading. A recent …

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Letter should have included whole quote

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It's unfortunate that the recent letter you published titled "Clyburn's Nazi comments were disgusting" fails to quote any of what U.S Rep. Clyburn actually said, causing it to be misleading. A recent article in The State written by Bristow Merchant brought me up to speed on what the congressman is reported to actually have said. According to The State's article, U.S. Rep. Clyburn made the following remarks to CNN host Don Lemon:

"I can only equate one period of time with what we experience now, and that was what was going on in Germany around 1934, right after the 1932 elections when Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor." The words "right after the elections" are key since much worse things were yet to follow. He goes on to say "He began to do things to discredit the media, to disrupt the judicial system." But when host Lemon responded "You know that's a stark comparison," Rep. Clyburn backed off and said the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was a better comparison and that Russian President Putin could be Hitler.

One can argue that the congressman's comments were a bit over the top, but he bravely gave voice to what many are sensing and fearing about the current administration.

When attacking someone's words in a newspaper, I think it's important to quote those words which this misleading letter fails to do. But it's the author's constitutional right to pen such a letter and your right to publish it as well as my right to comment on it.

If President Trump were to get his way and see that tougher libel laws are enacted, the letter's author and your paper could see this right eroded if not lost as did the citizens of Germany "right after the elections ..."

WILLIAM Q. BRUNSON

New York (formerly of Sumter)