10:15 AM AKST, February 2, 2012
I want to congratulate The Baltimore Sun on its steady capitulation to the paranoid conservative segment of our population — the righties who accuse any publication or broadcast of liberal bias simply because they allow a cross-section of viewpoints. The latest in this surrender to the right is the bringing on-board of former Maryland Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.as a columnist ("Ehrlich and The Sun: Once enemies, now partners," Jan. 29). Wouldn't it seem more fitting to replace the late Ron Smith with someone from the center instead of the right, another libertarian, perhaps?
But that wouldn't appease the far right — nothing would, except the wholesale selling-out of the only major newspaper left in this town to the elements of extremism that have hijacked the Republican Party and have infected our political discourse with racist innuendo, religious fanaticism, feverish militarism, bigotry and intolerance. And hiring board an ex-governor to increase readership is just as much a sell-out.
Sinclair Lewis famously stated that "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." I say that when fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a dollar bill and waving a flag in one hand and a cross in the other. And The Baltimore Sun is doing its part. The Sun isn't Fox News yet, but it's well on its way.
Charles Hilton, Baltimore