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County Commission Rejects Funding for Subscription to New York Times, Cites Trump

A county commission in Florida agreed with President Donald Trump that the New York Times prints “fake news,” citing the president while rejecting a proposal to provide funding for a library system to subscribe to the paper.

The Citrus County Commission made the decision on Oct. 24, the same day that Trumps White House told federal agencies to not renew subscriptions to The New York Times or The Washington Post; the White House halted subscriptions to both papers in late October.

The libraries in the county already have a print subscription to the New York Times that costs about $3,000 a year, but library director Eric Head told the Citrus County Chronicle that he wanted the county to pay over $2,600 a year to add digital subscriptions.

When the proposal arose in a commission meeting, one commissioner asked: “Do we really need to subscribe to The New York Times?” reported the Tampa Bay Times.

“Why the heck would we spend money on something like that?” asked another.

“I support President Trump. I would say they put stuff in there thats not necessarily verified,” said Commissioner Brian Coleman.

Commissioner Scott Carnahan added: “Fake news, I agree with President Trump I dont want the New York Times in this county. I dont agree with it, I dont like em, its fake news and Im voting no. They can take that money and do something else with it … I support Donald Trump.”

Critics say The New York Times is openly biased against Trump.

Three of the other commissioners also cited the cost and said it was unnecessary when physical copies of the paper are already available at the libraries.

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington on Nov. 4, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

“Im open to a free press,” Carnahan later told the Chronicle. “Not at the taxpayers expense.”

“Guess what were attacked for: Some of us support the president of the United States,” he added. “Im not backing off one inch.”

Coleman said the proposal should be discussed further.

“Do I think I made a mistake? Yes,” Coleman said. “Our decision should have been impartial, instead of having it become a personal thing.”

Sandy Price, the advisory board chairman for the countys libraries, told the paper she didnt like the reason cited for the funding being blocked.

“Someones personal political view does not have a place in deciding what library resources are available for the entire county,” PricRead More – Source

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