Will Corbin of Fort Walton Beach believes the media should not publish letters to the editor that are believed to be factually incorrect.

A letter from a misguided Trumpster in your Sunday, Jan. 26, paper presented as fact the debunked conspiratorial notion that Joe Biden, when he was the vice president, demanded a “quid pro quo” of the Ukrainian government in order to protect his son from an investigation of corruption in that country.


No one has offered nor found even the slightest suggestion of a fact to back up that assertion. It is a blatant falsehood. Reporters – from the capable and professional journalists in the alleged “fake” news media to Trump’s slavering toadies from the likes of Fox News – would have turned over every stone in Kiev to find it, and they have found nothing that smells remotely like it.


And yet your newspaper presents this lie, which has gained a foothold through frequent repetition by Trump propagandists, in the guise of a fact masquerading as an opinion, without challenge, indicating that your gatekeepers are asleep. A newspaper should be a guardian of truth, not a purveyor of lies.


That kind of performance makes you approximately as reliable a source of information as Twitter or Facebook. Not a flattering comparison.


Will Corbin, Fort Walton Beach