The front-page article by Mr. Bump of the Washington Post (“The story about Elijah Cummings’s district that Trump isn’t interested in telling,” July 30) is a perfect example of the media today. The writer presents a biased view of the Trump-Cummings feud. The writer even contradicts himself in the last paragraph. He says there is no correlation between poverty level and shootings, yet notes the Chicago district with the most shootings in the nation has a high poverty rate.

Like many in the media today, Mr. Bump has thrown away the basic tenets of journalism: objectivity, verification and showing all sides of the story.

I’m sure most people from Baltimore are proud of their city, its history, Camden Yards, inner Harbor Science Center and more. Unfortunately, the crime rate, run-down areas and scandals by city officials had cast shadows over the city.

Democrats have run the city for half a century and even received federal funds over the years. Where did that money go? Maybe Rep. Cummings should answer that. As the saying goes, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Ed Waters Jr.

Frederick

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clearview

Great effort to deflect attention from Trump's racist and unfounded attack on Baltimore and Cummings. Should we be surprised that Trump copied a Fox News contributor's rant about Baltimore after Cummings had a hearing critical of DHS's inhumane treatment of immigrants. Cummings is a "racist" for doing his job of Congressional oversight? The writer is now just distracting us from the real issues by attacking a news account of the incident. You can't defend the indefensible.

francesca_easa

When I was a program coordinator for Work and Travel programs, in 2015 the State Dept. banned placements in Baltimore. Students reported crimes such as assault, robberies and uninvited sexual advances. Housing that was unsafe or bug infested. Baltimore's problems won't be fixed overnight.

awteam2000

“As the saying goes, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Is that applicable to Trump? I thought he threw the first stone by insulting Baltimore and Elijah Cummings. Let’s look at Trump’s wrong-doings, from discriminatory housing practices to his, son in-law, Jared, rat infested rental properties in Baltimore. Not to mention Trump University! There are plenty of ongoing investigations of Trump and his family wrong-doings. The irony is if he’s not re-elected he’s going to jail. He’ll need your vote to be re-elected. Don’t waste it. So move to Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin. That’s where your vote might count. Trump ain’t winning the electoral college votes of Maryland.

Dwasserba

"Like many in the media today, Mr. Bump has thrown away the basic tenets of journalism: objectivity, verification and showing all sides of the story." And journalists are so obscenely overpaid it is a profession ripe for denigration and plenty of it.

jerseygrl42

Spot-On Ed!...Cummings is a joke

olefool

It's not difficult to see on which side your political loyalties fall Mr. Waters. I find it amazing that you could have written this letter without any sense or knowledge of the facts you so disparage, or did you even read the entire article??? It's here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/29/story-about-elijah-cummingss-district-that-trump-isnt-interested-telling/?noredirect

just in case you need to refresh your memory, if you have any. The article was researched and written with great care and reverence for the actual facts of Mr. Cumming's district. Your feeble and misguided attempt to disparage Mr. Cummings and his district belie the fact that he actually represents as many republicans as democrats, and his district extends well beyond the boundary of Baltimore City, indeed, most of his district is not even in Baltimore City. If you could have read, and comprehended the article you would know this to be true. As the article states, I quote: President Trump’s sweeping disparagement of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District over the weekend was obviously not informed by the district’s actual dynamics. Trump apparently saw a segment on Fox News in which a Republican activist shared videos of run-down houses in a district represented by a fierce critic of the president, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). With a flick of his magic Twitter wand, Trump declared the district to be so toxic as to be uninhabitable." If you wish to be an interesting and enlightened letter writer it would behoove you to abandon the Faux News channel and the liar in chief that you adore so much.

rikkitikkitavvi

olefool so the writer can't express an opinion that doesn't agree with this turgid and dense blather you're spewing about the WAPO's integrity in reporting?? HAHAhahahaha. FAKE NEWS. It is also not difficult to see where YOUR political loyalties lie. All you do is belittle, mock and ridicule anyone and everyone that agree with your point of view. Maybe you should ask the writer, politely, how to be human and not think you know it all. That goes for all you other ungrateful blankity blanks too.



The article was researched and written with great care and reverence for the actual facts of Mr. Cumming's district. Your feeble and misguided attempt to disparage Mr. Cummings.

rikkitikkitavvi

*EDIT* olefool so the writer can't express an opinion that doesn't agree with this turgid and dense blather you're spewing about the WAPO's integrity in reporting?? HAHAhahahaha. "The article was researched and written with great care and reverence for the actual facts of Mr. Cumming's district. Your feeble and misguided attempt to disparage Mr. Cummings." FAKE NEWS. It is also not difficult to see where YOUR political loyalties lie. All you do is belittle, mock and ridicule anyone and everyone that doesn't agree with your point of view. Maybe you should ask the writer, politely, how to be human and not think you know it all. That goes for all you other ungrateful blankity blanks too.

olefool

Rik: So you don't like the truth and facts, it seems you never do.... But, your bloviation here says a whole lot more about you than me.

phydeaux994

rikkitikkitavvi, Cummings 7th District also includes the majority of Howard County, one of the richest, best educated Counties in the Nation, ranked with the 7th best public school system in America by niche.com.

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