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Dear Editor:

Regarding the letter in the Jan. 13 issue of DCI written by Robin Nicholoff: It does not move any debate forward to publish a liberal hit piece about someone who happens to agree with many others, but not you. There was no rebuttal to the merits of the opinion published, only a direct attack on Mr. Herby probably because he had the courage to publish an Internet post that accurately and succinctly presented his views. The accusation of plagiarism fails because definitions indicate that an author (singular) has ethical, not legal, protections. The article submitted by Mr. Herby was nothing more than an opinion probably modified many times during its life on the Internet. There was no singular (actually there were several questionable) authors identified on the Internet version. The only action that might have satisfied the radical vitriol accusations presented by Mr. Nicholoff would have been a notice that the letter was taken from an anonymous piece available on the Internet.

According to SNOPES: This piece lamenting that the "American dream ended last night in Ohio" has been circulating online since November 2012, the "last night in Ohio" line referring to President Barack Obama's having won the electoral. (Later versions of the piece replaced the phrase "last night" with "on Nov. 6, 2012" for clarity.)

Although many readers have forwarded this piece to us for evaluation, from our standpoint there's nothing much to analyze. This item is an opinion piece, someone's subjective expression of political vitriol; it's not an item containing information that could be examined for its truth value.

The only factual element to this item is its attribution, which is incorrect: These words were not delivered at the Jacksonville Pastors' Conference in January 2015 by Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. This item had already been circulating anonymously for more than two years prior to that event, attributed to no particular individual or publication. (From what we can tell, someone later added the salutation "Semper Fi" to the text, which prompted someone else to include a header stating that the piece was "written by a USMC vet.").

Bill Sutton

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