Florida county refuses to pay for New York Times in libraries: ‘It’s fake news’
I agree with Trump, commissioner said in denial of $2,700 to pay for digital access to the Times for 70,000 library-card holders
A local government in Florida has blocked its library system from getting a digital subscription to the New York Times, dismissing the newspaper as fake news and as a challenge to US president Donald Trump.
At a meeting in Citrus county, a coastal area west of Orlando, several of the citys five commissioners laughed as they explained why they did not want to approve the librarys request.
Fake news, I agree with President Trump, commissioner Scott Carnahan said. 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.
The library requested $2,700 to pay for digital access to the New York Times for the 70,000 library-card holders in Citrus county. The library already pays for a print-edition of the New York Times, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In the late October meeting, the commissioners didnt deliberate the merits of the librarys request and instead shrugged off the request. Why the heck would we spend money on something like that? asked one commissioner.
The decision caused a stir in the county, with residents complaining, and sometimes praising, the decision in comments to the county and local newspaper. The feedback prompted one commissioner, Brian Coleman, to say he would reconsider the topic in the near future.
Do I think I made a mistake? Yes, Coleman told the Citrus County Chronicle. Our decision should have been impartial, instead of having it become a personal thing.
The four other commissioners stood by their decision.
The 24 October meeting occurred the same day the White House said it was planning to order federal agencies to end their subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post because the newspapers have published stories that reflect poorly on the president.
Among these stories were Pulitzer Prize-winning investigations including the New York Times story which revealed Trump is not a self-made millionaire because his father provided him with at least $413m dollars and the Washington Posts discovery of the grab them by the pussy video and its revelations that Trump has for decades overstated his charitable giving.