The Press – not the enemy
February 24, 2017
Last Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” after a press conference he hosted that many view to have gone poorly. This is another instance, of many, where Trump has attacked the press, but this time was different. He labeled the media as the “enemy of the American People.” Let’s be clear about one thing: the press is not the enemy, it is the ally of the American people.
Ever since the creation of this great nation, journalists have fought to publish the story and the truth, even when it is obscured or difficult. Without journalists such as Bernstein and Woodward, the Watergate scandal may not have been exposed. In the 1880s, investigative journalist Nellie Bly exposed the abuse that was occurring in mental institutions, leading to reforms. When Murrow criticized the witch hunt led by Senator Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s, public opinion turned against the Red Scare.
“Fake news” organizations such as NBC brought light to the abuses being perpetrated by local law enforcement towards peaceful protestors during the civil rights era, leading to shifts in public opinions. No Sir, the media and press are not the enemy of the American people.
Journalists have given their lives while reporting for the American people. Renowned war correspondent Dickey Chapelle was killed while reporting the Vietnam War. DonBolles of the Arizona Republic was murdered by the mob because he had the gall to investigate government corruption. Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was beheaded by Al-Qaeda while investigating the terror organization.
NBC reporter David Bloom died while reporting on the War in Iraq. It takes a special someone to enter a potentially dangerous field in order to serve the public through investigation and telling the story. Journalists are the allies of the American public, especially in this day and age where reporting and investigation needs to be done. We are not the enemy.