#FreePress Is Trending Today
The Boston Globe and over 300 newspapers and other media outlets have written editorials today about a #FreePress.
We are fighting to have a Free Press to protect our cherished Democracy.
The current President of the United States has been attacking the press because they won’t always cater to his extreme narcissism and insane agenda.
Below are some top editorials and quotes from them:
The Boston Globe:
Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country. Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current U.S. administration are the “enemy of the people.”
The New York Times:
In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials. Criticizing the news media — for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong — is entirely right. News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes. Correcting them is core to our job. But insisting that truths you don’t like are “fake news” is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the “enemy of the people” is dangerous, period.
The Chicago Sun-Times:
This newspaper is the ‘enemy’ of all that hurts ‘the people’
We are, at the Sun-Times, the enemy of unchecked authority and undeserved privilege. We are the enemy of self-entitlement. We are the enemy of the notion that the only way up is to hold somebody else down.
Think your enemy is the press? So does every tyrant and corrupt politician | Editorial
At least 21 reporters in six countries have been jailed for “fake news,” vaguely defined as any news the government considers a threat.
To justify these crackdowns, despots can now parrot the “leader of the free world.”
Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte banned critical reporters from his events because he was tired of their “fake news.” A Myanmar official dismissed the ongoing massacre of the Rohingya Muslim minority the same way: “There is no such thing as Rohingya,” he said. “It is fake news.”
This phrase once meant exactly what it sounds like: false stories, deliberately posing as news, spread by Twitter bots. Now it’s any news that the great leader doesn’t like.
It is really sad that in just about a year and a half into the Trump “presidency” we have come to this.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the REAL enemy of the American people is:
The current President of the United States of America.
See also my post from World Press Freedom Day 2018
You may also want to read about Newsweek’s last print issue.