In a move likely spurred by the president’s announcement that the White House would no longer carry the two most important papers of note in the country, both the New York Times and The Washington Post, a Citrus County Florida library has announced that the budget has cut the money allotted for the paper and that it would no longer be allowed on the premises citing the completely unfounded accusation of publishing “fake news.”
The Washington Post reports, “The librarians of Citrus County, Fla., had what seemed like a modest wish: A digital subscription to the New York Times. For about $2,700 annually, they reasoned, they could offer their roughly 70,000 patrons an easy way to research and catch up on the news. But when their request came before the Citrus County commission last month, local officials literally laughed out loud. One commissioner, Scott Carnahan, declared the paper to be ‘fake news.'”
“In a move that is generating intense online backlash, all five members of the commission agreed to reject the library’s request…the controversy unfolding in central Florida highlights how politicians nationwide are parroting the president’s disparaging rhetoric about the media.”
“I don’t want the New York Times in this county,” one Citrus County commissioner declared.