Having just read the Feb. 21 letter by Mr. Brauer, I am almost, not quite, rendered speechless. The first three paragraphs match his description of "misrepresentation, hysterical charges, and wild accusations." Fortunately they pertain to his own diatribe, not the entire news media.
Americans are indeed smart enough to sort through the rhetoric of either "cabal" if they read and watch. They can then "slice away" and come to their own conclusion. If we allow the media to present facts through investigation and reporting, we can with an open mind choose our position.
Too much information is never a bad thing. Attempting to silence those whose position irritates us should ring a big bell in our intellectual happy land, and we must take another look, and then a deep breath and look at the opposing perspective. Only then should we make a choice.
The concept of "sit down and shut up" is what led to the atrocities described in Mr. Bauer's letter, not the fresh airing of opposing opinions. It's what makes America great.