I was surprised to find my name in the Editor’s Mailbag today, since I haven’t written for some time. I'm even more alarmed to discover that I’ve apparently made it onto Mitch Scheele’s list of “people to kill” because, back in February, I dared to present a well-researched, historical correction to his use of the word “fascism.”

The irony is that today's letter was in response to a Sept. 3 letter themed on the dangers of free speech. Oddly, this letter clearly describes what the left-leaning press is doing right now…yet tries to pin that behavior on the so-called “alt-right.” Mr. Scheele takes it a step further in suggesting such “apologists” as myself are the bogeyman local readers need to take action against.

More disturbing, however, is what the press is doing to support such persecution. Last weekend, America watched as political activists, disguised as journalists, became the “guy in the chair” for a mob of masked terrorists, helping them to hunt down and beat individuals whom they decided were “Nazis." In classic vigilante fashion, these reporters acted as judge and jury, leaving only the execution to the mob. I would like to remind the editors of the Albany Democrat-Herald that, pending further investigation, such behavior may not be protected by the First Amendment under the “clear and present danger” clause. That being said, it would do you well to not abuse your “freedom of the press” by helping the local bullies beat up on those you don't like.

Robert Gilbert

Tangent (Sept. 6)

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