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Misinformation, the “Word of the Year” in your Dec. 3 “Around New England” editorial, “highlights the need for the press to remain vigilant,” but this might be misinformation Exhibit A, as it greatly understates our pressing need.

“Misinformation: False information that is spread, regardless of whether there is an intent to mislead,” differing from disinformation, which is “deliberately misleading or biased ... propaganda.”

Please allow me to introduce the Trump candidacy, which inexplicably morphed into the Trump presidency. Kid-glove Trump was originally referenced by “false claims”, “untruths” and “misstatements” but 6,420 Pinocchios later, we’ve arrived at 10 lies a day (per the Washington Post), which was a campaign and now is a governing strategy to hide behind the emerging truth, which consistently becomes more disturbing.

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, but try to fool me 6,420 times? If America is the land of the free and the truth will set you free what does 6,420 lies do to you?

Misinformation or disinformation, covert or overt, denude or delude, collide or collude, first impulse is to give the exalted President of the Untied States the benefit of the doubt, but all doubts have left the station with the American people holding the bag. From the immigrant caravan political propaganda “requiring” 5,800 military troops rushed to the U.S. border to allegations the Parkland school shooting survivors were paid crisis actors (if people truly do believe in a paid crisis actor myth then we’ve got bigger problems than bad information), there’s no mis- or disinformation here, it’s all just a distracting election strategy that thankfully did not work, as Blue Wave Democrats regained Congress, registering a net gain of 39 seats. Now Congress will perform its check-and-balance duty rather than the blank-check Republican Congress that checks out of town Jan. 3.

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly