Another unhinged press conference. Another appointment at Justice to get rid of Mueller and his investigation. Another bunch of tweets with bird droppings–lies that trumpters happily gobble up. Another day of a deranged man at the white house ranting about the press and other media being the “enemy of the people.” It’s pure rubbish. And yesterday when Trump ordered the Secret Service to confiscate a white house correspondent’s press pass, the American Civil Liberties Union objected vociferously: “White House correspondents represent the public. Their job is to ask hard questions, not to be polite company. It is unacceptable for the president to expel a reporter, Jim Acosta, for doing his job aggressively. The White House should reverse this decision immediately.”
But it’s doubtful that will happen. Trump never admits he’s wrong. He will continue his attacks on the press because he NEEDS media to keep his name broadcast everywhere. He loves publicity and has no regrets about spewing lies that the press tries to counteract with facts. Trump’s lies (thousands of them since he took office) make him the “enemy” of Americans who want the truth, the facts.
As an author of nonfiction books for students and adults, I could not have written the texts without printed and electronic resources—newspapers, magazines, cable news, and other media. Reporters and journalists are the people who provide the printed material backed by evidence and often statements from experts in many fields.
Some facts: Brave journalists have risked their lives to report the truth about war, riots, fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, mud slides, and other disasters. Journalists have reported scientific studies about everything from climate change to fatal diseases to psychological disorders to mass murders.
If Trump could be truthful for a change, he would quit making up stories and depending on the fake reports that Fox “News” presents; he could find many many examples of truthful news. But because of all the White House rants against journalists and reputable news reports, segments of the American public appear to be swallowing the lies and taking part in attacks against the free press, especially at Trump rallies. One result: five journalists at the Capital Gazette were shot to death on June 28, 2018 because the shooter had a vendetta against the newspaper.
Sadly, other deadly attacks on journalists have occurred but the deaths at the Capital Gazette were the worst ever recorded, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. (“CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted,” according to the CPJ website.)
Because of the violence journalists face, the Boston Globe contacted editorial boards of newspapers nationwide, proposing that they print editorials about the dangers of the Trump administration’s assault on the press. The Globe requested a coordinated effort–that newspapers commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date August 16, 2018, which is exactly what 350 newspapers did.
By the midterm election November 6, 2018, many Americans obviously had learned that the media was certainly NOT the enemy. People read and listened to news about political candidates and what they had to say. The public responded by, in many cases, voting against Trump and trumpsters in local, state, and federal elections. And now the new House of Representatives will be made up of a Democrat majority, many of whom are committed to efforts to maintain a free press. Without it, there is no “watchdog” on behalf of the public’s interest, and democracy is endangered. Americans need to know what their government is doing, otherwise an authoritarian administration can and will attempt to control what people read and view. That is Trump’s stated goal and why he is the “enemy of the people.” If we do not have accurate, truthful, factual information, we are subject to dictatorship and fascist rule.