Calling New York Times 'Fake News', Florida Officials Refuse Library Subscription

Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida, refused on October 24 the local library service’s funding for $2,700 for a digital subscription to the New York Times.

Video of the meeting shows County Commissioner Scott Carnahan saying, “Fake news. I agree with President Trump. I will not be voting for this. I don’t want the New York Times in this county. I don’t agree with it, I don’t like them, it’s fake news and I’m voting no. They can take that money and do something else with it … I support Donald Trump.”

“Do we really need to subscribe to the New York Times?” Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr asks.

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, the Citrus County Chronicle said.

The Chronicle reported a “strong” public reaction to the decision, which has led to wider media coverage, including in the Tampa Bay Times on November 4.

The Times remained available in print form in the county libraries, the Chronicle said.

Commissioner Brian Coleman, the Chronicle said, had requested the board revisit the matter at its November 19 meeting. Credit: Citrus County Florida via Storyful