To The Daily Sun,
The headline for the Froma Harrop column (Laconia Daily Sun, 11/8/18) sounded like it would be a good read. But, alas, I couldn’t get beyond the second paragraph where she wrote “…President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the “caravan” of Central Americans making their way toward the border. They are a gang of diseased criminals and Middle Eastern terrorists, he said without evidence.”
She failed to enclose her ‘quote’ of Trump in quotation marks. Here she attributes a statement to Trump without quotation marks. This has become a favorite device for many writers to misrepresent actual statements. Simply make the claim that “…he said…” but leave out the quotes. After seeing this deception device, the remainder of the column had lost all credibility and, hence, I did not continue to read. My conclusion was that “…he…” really didn’t say what she claimed and it was actually nothing more than an intentionally misleading paraphrasing. Shame on Ms. Harrop!