No #FakeNews


The first paragraph of David Moyle’s recent letter to the editor is so grievously inaccurate that it becomes impossible to take seriously any of the “factual information” that follows. The Bath School massacre happened in 1927, not 1948, and it was perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe’s detonation of dynamite he had spent months planting in the basement of the school, which was not an elementary school, but a new consolidated K-12 school. He did not drive his truck into the school, but drove up to the scene, where children were being frantically dug out of the rubble, and detonated dynamite in the truck, killing himself and the school superintendent. Kehoe objected to the tax millage passed to build the school, and being a “victim” he blamed those taxes, along with everything and everyone else, for his pathetic failed existence.

Bath remained the most deadly act of domestic terrorism until Timothy McVeigh, another right-wing “victim” who hated taxes and the government, destroyed the federal building in Oklahoma City with a truck bomb made up of nitrate and fuel oil. (Interestingly, McVeigh, like Mr. Moyle, had resigned from the NRA because he felt it was too lax on gun rights.)

Dynamite, and nitrate and fuel oil are now heavily regulated, making such attacks considerably less likely in the future.

Question: Is it not your duty as editor to check factual assertions such as these, or can anyone just make things up and have them published in your paper as fact? A simple Internet search would have revealed these inaccuracies. Isn’t that very close to disseminating fake news?

Hal Martin

Bark River