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Signe: Media to blame — on that, they agree

Signe Wilkinson, Editorial Cartoonist

Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:20 PM

It is all my fault. Well, my fault and the rest of the out-of-touch, dishonest media.

Two women sitting together on a bench Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.'s so-called "Union" Station (one leaving town after attending Donald Trump's great inauguration and one after hoofing along the great women's march) chatted politely but ended up united on only one thing: The media peddle falsehoods.

The 60ish woman from Williamsbug, Va., who did not want to give her name, said she'd talked to several women protesters, but "I just don't see what they want. I don't know why they assume Republicans aren't for gay rights and women's rights."

She and her husband, who wore a Trump button, have four successful daughters. He, also unnamed, promoted a "competent woman" to replace him when he retired from his company, which employed 5,000 people. Both he and his wife said they didn't mind paying for birth control, "just not abortions." They dismissed the idea that Trump would overturn Roe v. Wade.

During our conversation, one woman sitting next to them got up, commenting, "We are so glad the Republicans are leaving town!" It was not clear whether she'd heard the results of the election. She was replaced with 70ish Judy from Minnesota, who amicably joined the discussion and said she was worried, among other things, about reproductive health access and abortion rights.

Both sides sincerely sought to understand the other but could only agree that, as the man from Virginia put it, the news has become "a game of filtering information to promote a predetermined cause."

Which media? The Minnesotan said, "Fox News." The Virginian said, "NPR."

As a contributing member of the media, I confess. It is all my fault.

Signe Wilkinson, Editorial Cartoonist

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