Fake news: The New York Times, Floridas “non grata” newspaper

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Authorities in Citrus County, Florida, have rejected a request for a digital subscription to the New York Times presented by public libraries in the region, echoing accusations by Donald Trump that the newspaper relays “fake news “. The invoice represented an annual sum of $ 2,700. “Why the hell should we spend money on something like this?” said Jimmie Smith, a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

“Do we really need to subscribe to the New York Times? Fake news! (…) I do not want the New York Times in this county, I do not agree with that, I do not like them, they’re fake news and I vote no, they can take that money and do something else with it … I support Donald Trump, “said another commissioner, Scott Carnahan. Citrus County, which is 120 km north of Tampa, is already spending about $ 3,000 a year for each of its four public libraries to have a copy of the newspaper, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

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70,000 cardholders

A last commissioner, Brian Coleman, meanwhile said that the decision could be re-examined soon. “Do I think I made a mistake? Yes, “he admitted, before continuing: “Our decision should have been unbiased, instead of becoming a personal thing.” 70,000 people have a library card in Citrus County, reports The Guardian.

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The meeting, whose content was recorded, was held on October 24th. That day, the White House announced that it was considering the possibility of ordering federal agencies to end their subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post, another newspaper accused by Trump of spreading false news.

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