I love irony, and that is what dripped from Bob Slayton’s recent letter disputing a “Fact Checking” story on Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mr. Slayton’s letter was an example of factual inaccuracies.
To begin with, the investigation was not launched with the Steele Dossier, which had its genesis under Republicans who wanted to stop Trump from getting the nomination of their party. In fact, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee (definite oxymoron) have stated that information attributed to George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign aide, was the catalyst for the investigation.
Mr. Slayton also bent the words of James Clapper concerning the FBI’s investigation into the connection between numerous Trump campaign officials and Russia. “Spying” has negative connotations and serves Trump’s agenda in attacking any negative press. The actual description of this seeker of information is “confidential informant.” However, that phrase does not serve the purpose of Trump. As Trump himself admitted in a Leslie Stahl interview, his outrageous rhetoric about the “fake” media is intended to insulate him from all negative stories.
Mr. Slayton can keep his secret formula for turning sand into gold. I instead suggest that he and all Trump supporters read George Orwell’s "1984." Orwell’s dystopian world has a government with a political party in control of what is determined “truth.” Kelley Conway was indeed Orwellian when she alluded to “alternative facts.” Mr. Slayton is just following her playbook.
Thank goodness we still have a free press to hold our politicians accountable.