A Florida County Commission Refuses to Provide Library Access to NY Times, Calling it “Fake News”
President Donald Trump and Commissioner Scott Carnahan both have at least one thing in common: They hate the New York Times
And partially because of that, the county commission nixed a plan to have the Times available free digitally to 70,000 Citrus County library card holders.
“I don’t want the New York Times in this county,” Carnahan said during Thursday’s board meeting. “I don’t like them. It’s fake news.”
Library Director Eric Head had requested board approval to subscribe to the Times digital service. The three-year agreement had an annual cost of $2,657 each of the first two years, and $2,714 the third year.
UPDATE (November 6, 2019)
UPDATE (November 3, 2019): Newspaper Editorial: Commissioners Need A Lesson in Library Ethics (via Citrus County Chronicle)
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