Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

And thus it begins, the final leg of this horrible joke of a presidency; the firing of James Comey, the Director of the FBI who Donald Trump jettisoned to protect his ass from further investigation on his obvious collusion with a foreign enemy to queer an election in his favor. (DONALD TRUMP: STUPID, GUILTY OR BOTH? – Issue: 5/17/17) And then of course there is the cover-up. But what kind of cover-up is it when this idiot goes on national television and admits all of it to a network anchor? The moron tells Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of the Russian investigation?????

To answer your question, I am going to say both on this.


—Sarah L.


My god is Trump guilty. They are all guilty. This is a complete mess and all of it could have been avoided if someone had just paid attention to this asshole when he told us all he did not care about laws or decorum and everyone was sooooo excited to have a novice come in because everyone else is sooooo stupid except for him. Well, who is stupid now Trumpians? You voted for a criminal because you were mislead like suckers that his opponent was a criminal. Trump IS guilty and verrrrrry STUPID and so are those who voted for him. You get what you deserve. Enjoy this mockery of your precious country. Ha!


—Eric Tolerson


I wish I could be outraged, but I saw this coming. Remember when Trump begged the Russians to release missing Clinton emails in several of his bully rallies? This guy is obviously guilty, but I wonder if he is so stupid. I think he surrounded himself, like he did in business in and around New York, with nefarious types who advised this whole thing. Trump has always managed to break laws and keep himself relatively unscathed. His wives knew where bodies were buried and they were paid handsome sums to go away quietly. What is in those tax returns he hides so vehemently? They could tell us a lot. Get an independent counsel to work the way through those and you’ll see some fireworks.

This president is already the most corrupt since Nixon.

Give it some time and it will all come out in the wash.



—D-Rex Century


Oh my goodness, if only you were this vigilant when Madame Shoo-In was dealing with the Russians selling our uranium to them. If only you were this vigilant when B-Rock was selling weapons to the Mexican drug cartels only to have one of those said weapons end up being used to kill a U.S. federal agent. If only you were this vigilant when the Attorney General of the United States was meeting with Bubba on the tarmac at the very moment his wife was under an impending indictment. If only you were this vigilant when B-Rock and his SoS, Hillz, were sitting on their hands as Chris Stevens and his staff were killed in Benghazi. If only you were this vigilant when B-Rock would throw the race card in an effort to “pop smoke” and change the focus. If only you were this vigilant when B-Rock walked into the office and fired every Bush appointee in order to staff his Justice Department with acolytes and flunkees.

Why aren’t you and Chucky Cheese Schumer happy that Comey is gone? I mean it was only last summer that every Democrat in Washington wanted Comey fired for his “gross negligence” and “gross incompetence”. Why the long faces now? You guys got what you wanted, Comey is gone. Shouldn’t we be popping champagne as bi-partisanship has been achieved?

Nope, hate is the word and revenge is the goal…right, JC?



—Bill Roberts

Conservatively Speaking


I bought into the Trump message and I am not sure what that message is anymore aside from “Save my own ass and keep telling people stuff is getting done in record numbers when nothing actually is”. I did not want Hillary and I was willing to give Trump a shot, but holy shit this is bad. How is this guy making it another calendar year, much less four? This could be the end of the Republican Party. It certainly is the end of it as we know it. Again, I supported Trump, especially over the Clintons, but if I had any inkling this was going to be this disastrous, this underhanded and illegal and embarrassing, I may have voted independent to save my soul. I have helped plunge this nation into a moral quagmire and I only pray this despot does not engage us in a deadly war with that nut in North Korea.


—Fred C. Adams


Holy crap the Pepper piece is fantastic. (LOVE…TO…TURN…YOU…ON – Issue: 5/31/17) Putting some perspective on Sergeant Pepper at 50 must be like what putting some perspective on the Sistine Chapel at 50 was like. Ask me about Sergeant Pepper in another 400 years.


—Dan Bern



Of all the pieces I read on the 50th anniversary of the great Beatles classic, this is the finest. Well written, funny, incredibly researched with just the right amount of personal philosophy. This is why I return to this column week after week. Congrats.


—Emily S.


I was one of the contrary voices that disliked the Beatles. I’m also the one Jersey shithead in the room who hates Bruce Springsteen. Maybe it’s my family heritage of spitefulness, not sure. The lone exception for me was “A Day in the Life”. Like you, I was stunned by it, the epic ending piano strike still vibrates in my soul like the first time I heard it. I suppose it took a few decades of listening to the pap on the radio to soften my opinion of the Beatles. Thanks for the reminder of the very large shadow they still throw across the landscape.


—Doc Slater


While driving up to Vermont this past weekend I had the Beatles playing in the car. My boys had their faces in the phones, I thought ignoring me. This is how the conversation went:


Nico- What are we listening to?

Me- The Beatles.

Nico- Oh cool.

Nico- Were they like a boy band?

Me- Umm, well no, they didn’t have ‘boy bands’ back then, not like nowadays.

Nico- They were boys in a band, mom.

Me- Yup, still not the same thing.

Nico- Okay, if you say so.


If nothing else he enjoyed the music. So Jim, I ask you, The Beatles, a boy band or not?!


All the best,

—Kim Cercena



Great article and “Ringo continues to be Ringo”. Well done, I enjoyed it.





What can be said about Sgt. Pepper’s that hasn’t already been driven into the ground? Well, you managed it. Well done. I must admit I was never a huge fan of that album. Overrated! That was my take. But after much of the hoopla surrounding this anniversary I was intrigued to read your take. I think although I enjoy more of the early less-pretentious Beatles your passion and points are accepted here. That is a true critique and celebration and I thank you for forcing me to listen again to this long-standing “classic” with new ears.




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James Campion is the Managing Editor of The Reality Check News & Information Desk and the author of “Deep Tank Jersey”, “Fear No Art”, “Trailing Jesus”, “Midnight For Cinderella” and “Y”. His new book, “Shout It Out Loud – The Story of KISS’s Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon” out now!