What we’re reading: Fla. officials back Trump, news organizations refuse to release whistleblower’s name

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Fla. officials refuse to pay New York Times, agree with Trump’s fake news accusations

The board of commissioners in Citrus County, Florida said they will not continue paying for their county library’s subscription to The New York Times.

The board denied the motion to renew the subscription – County Commissioner Scott Carnahan referred to the publication as “fake news.”

“I agree with President Trump. I won’t be voting for this. I don’t want The New York Times in the county,” Carnahan said. 

This decision prevents the 70,000 cardholders in the county from being able to read The New York Times through the library system.

Sandy Price, chairwoman of the Citrus County Special Library District Advisory Board, said “someone’s personal political view does not have a place in deciding what library resources are available for the entire county. Libraries have to ensure all points of view are represented.”

News organizations continue to withhold whistleblower’s identity

President Trump and his supporters continue to call for the release of the whistleblower’s name whose actions have led to the impeachment inquiry against the president.

Despite claiming to know the identity of the whistleblower, no news sources have revealed his/her identity.

President Trump is continuing his pursuit of the whistleblower’s identity. Photo courtesy of Spencer Platt.

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, said that he does not believe the identity of the whistleblower is important, as “pretty much everything has now been discussed or confirmed on the record, multiple times, by others in the administration.”

Some publications have refused to release the whistleblower’s identity due to company policies.

Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti said, “[The Post] has long respected the right of whistleblowers to report wrongdoing in confidence, which protects them against retaliation.”

The whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, said that if the name of his client is released, the whistleblower could be subject to retaliation and future whistleblowers may be discouraged from revealing information. 

ABC News anchor caught saying network shut down story on Epstein

A hot mic caught ABC News anchor Amy Robach saying that officials at the network shut down a story that would have brought Jeffrey Epstein to light three years ago.

Project Veritas, a conservative whistleblower watchdog group, released a video where she claims to have had significant evidence that would have incriminated Epstein.

However, ABC News wouldn’t air the story, saying it wasn’t important at the time.

“There will come a day when we will realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known,” Robach said. “I had it all, three years ago.”

Kansas City voters get MLK’s name removed from street

Kansas City citizens voted to have Martin Luther King Jr.’s name removed from a street by a 70 to 30 percent vote.

The street name, formerly “The Paseo,” was changed to honor King earlier this year, taking Kansas City off the list of cities without a street honoring King.

Members of Save the Paseo stand to have their voices heard to change the street name back. Photo courtesy of Charlie Riedel.

According to U.S. News, a group known as “Save the Paseo” began collecting signatures on a petition to return the street to its original name. The group denied any racist intent, saying that they still hoped to honor King in a different way. 

Many of the city’s black leaders said that removing the new name would remove a powerful symbol for the black community.

“I think that only if you are a black child growing up in the inner city lacking the kind of resources, lacking the kinds of images and models for mentoring, modeling, vocation and career, can you actually understand what that name on that sign can mean to a child in this community,” said Rev. Vernon Howard, president of the Kansas City chapter of the SCLU. 

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