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Where does it come from?

That last letter did it. I think it's time for Les Knoll either to put up or shut up.

He lambastes what he calls, without defining, the "mainstream media" and maintains that it is riddled with lies, distortions and elaborate fabrications on almost every issue, all with the intent of promoting President Obama and his "socialist" agenda. Moreover, he holds that the press is controlled entirely by the White House and functions only as its puppet or handmaiden.

Les, it's past time for you to say exactly what venues you consider constitute this deceiving "mainstream media." And what are your own sources? What do you read and watch? In other words, where do you get your ideas and convictions? You claim your head spins and your mind boggles and, because of the mendacity of the "mainstream media," you don't know what to believe. But that's totally phony. You don't know what to believe? Come on. I find you to be dogmatic in the extreme. You profess to have all the facts and are breathtakingly cocksure in your every assertion. So be open. Tell us the source of all these fiery convictions.

Full disclosure on my part: I myself am more than a tad on the liberal side, and I subscribe to and read faithfully these periodicals: the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Harper's, The Progressive Populist, Free Inquiry, The New York Review of Books, Time, The Week, The Economist and The Hays Daily News.

The first six are definitely left of Obama. I haven't figures out Time yet, having only recently subscribed. The Week definitely leans to the right and the Economist I find just a bit left of the tea party. In other words, I expose myself to a fairly broad spectrum of opinion. I don't watch any channel on television, the explanation for that being that in all my 88 years I have never owned a TV.

Tell me, Les, is everything I read part of the same "mainstream media"?

As for The Hays Daily News, it seems to be dead center on the political spectrum. I figure any publication that regularly exhibits what the far left would call "wingnuts" -- for example, Michael Reagan, Walter Williams and Les Knoll -- as well informed and only modestly biased writers such as Pat Lowry, Bob Hooper and Clarence Page, can't be considered one-sided.

You never disclose where you're coming from, Les, so I can only guess. I suspect that you are a great fan of Fox News. I have never watched Fox News, but I have spoken at length to many people who watch it faithfully and almost exclusively. They all say exactly the same things you do and in the same way, so I suspect there may be a connection. Admit it, Les, you also think Ted Cruz, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh are the cat's meow. No?

Be honest, Les. Where do you get your ideas? Surely they can't be self-generated, the result of spontaneous combustion.

Perhaps they are due to the accumulation of too much inflammable gas?

John Cody

Hays