Laura Hollis does not know truth from lies

To the editor:

To maintain even the most basic journalistic standard, it is time for the Sentinel to end their relationship with syndicated columnist Laura Hollis. She no longer knows the difference between truth and falsehood.

For example, in her article on Monday July 12, she claimed the storming of the capitol on Jan. 6 was not an insurrection; it was just “unruly” and “disruptive.” Fomented by Trump, his supporters violently engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the outnumbered Capitol Police with the goal of preventing the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. That’s an insurrection.

Protected by the Secret Service, Vice President Mike Pence went into hiding. Outside these hallowed chambers, a gallows was erected and inside rioters were chanting “hang Mike Pence.” The frightened Nancy Pelosi staff hurriedly barricaded themselves inside a conference room, afraid to even whisper, while in the hall just outside the conference door they could hear the insurrectionists pounding on doors and menacingly asking, “Where is Nancy?” According to Laura Hollis, “hundreds of ‘protesters’ were let in by the U.S. Capitol Police,” apparently looking for the gift shop. Having watched the insurrection on television, does anyone have any doubt what would have happened if they got hold of Mike Pence or Nancy Pelosi or any elected official? This was an out-of-control mob not the lovefest Trump called it.

Laura Hollis also tries to plant the seed in people’s mind of the “FBI’s possible role in Jan 6.” There is no credible evidence that the FBI played a role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, just as there is no evidence that it was antifa dressed up as Trump supporters which was also circulated on conservative and social media.

She also lists all the reasons, which previously have been found to be untrue, that support Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

Over 60 lawsuits filed by the Trump team were tossed out by the federal and state courts. Even the conservative Supreme Court rejected its overtures. After repeated recounts, Republican state election officials found no fraud that could overturn the election. In Pennsylvania, a handful of fraudulent ballots were found and they all had voted for Trump. Trump’s own U.S. Attorney General Barr said there was no widespread evidence of fraud.

“There is no evidence that any voting system was deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” said Chris Krebbs, Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of Homeland Security.

It is dangerous for a columnist like Laura Hollis to spread misinformation to justify Donald Trump’s big lie that the election was stolen from him. I am only showing you a sampling of the misinformation that was in her column. There was much more. The Sentinel should offer its readership a range of views by syndicated columnists, which it does not, but at a minimum it must ensure that writers are not using the paper to spread misinformation.

Gary Gill



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