“I’m sorry, but I’d tell you, the sooner the print press goes away the better society will be,” Gov. Paul LePage told local radio station WGAN-AM on July 6.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.” — President Donald Trump in a press conference on Feb 16.

At a photo op before their private G20 summit meeting on July 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaned in to President Trump, gestured to the journalists in the room, and asked, “These are the ones hurting you?”

“These are the ones. You’re right about that,” Trump responded.

“The brief aside drew an outcry from journalists, many of whom pointed to the Putin regime’s poor track record with the media. Almost 60 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1993, according the Committee to Protect Journalists. Most of these reporters covered topics like politics, corruption and war.” — Independent Press on July 7.

Does anyone else in this state, country or the world see any similarity in those statements? Or am I just being a liberal elitist? It doesn’t concern me either way what other people think, but those same other people will have to explain the consequences of those quotes to their children some day.

Yvon Bourgault, Jay

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