Approximately three hundred and fifty newspapers, from the Boston Globe and Des Moines Register, to the Anchorage Daily News. All of them are asking, or should I say telling, President Trump to stop with the name calling and the constant insults that he makes about media.
Many are claiming that the words can be dangerous to the views of the people and that free speech is being shut down. They’re right. According to “The Economist” 70 percent of Republican believe Trump over any media outlet. They blame media outlets for being more liberal and going against any Republican.
“This editorial project is not against the Trump administration’s agenda. It’s a response to put us into the public discourse and defend the First Amendment.” Marjorie Pritchard (Boston Globe)
Newspapers have been in America since the late 1600s, and for years they were the only source of news outreach. Newspapers have recently been put on the back burner to social media, television, and even online newspapers, but these editorials are part of a comeback.
In 2016 Donald Trump became President, and he started what many people are calling a ‘war on press’ soon after. “Fake news” comes out of Trump’s mouth more than any other statement, besides “you’re fired”, and many media representatives have a problem with him putting down their content so often. Any negative statement a media outlet makes against him gets categorized as “fake news” and he brands the free press as an “enemy to the American people”. Now, the oldest source of news has decided to speak out and fight back against the war Trump has declared.
At a Speech in Elkhart, Indiana Donald Trump called the media “the fake news media” and the crowd began to vigorously applaud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjJQ8wF07tU.
This isn’t the first time that President Trump has made hostile comments towards the media. His tweets regularly show his disapproval towards them. In one attacking tweet, Trump seemingly contradicted himself saying “They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the fake news, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
Trump is not a big fan of any source of media that goes against what he is saying. His beliefs, and what he is doing for this country, in his eyes, are correct and media sources that speak out against him are fake.
Fox News is an exception, however. President Trump glorifies Fox news and commonly directs his “fans” to pay attention to “Fox and Friends.”
Freedom of speech is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the legal right to express one’s opinions freely”. Opinion is defined as “a generally held view”. If you do not see where I am headed with this, freedom of speech means a person can state any opinion, view or information, and it should be okay. Whether someone else decides to believe it or not, that is their choice. Trump tweets and makes claims that he perceives as correct, which is freedom of speech. Newspaper do the same, and that is still freedom of speech. On August 15th they took a stand and expressed their opinions as a group.
The Boston Globe started the project by stating that a corrupt leader would have a problem with the free press. The suspicious action taken on by any leader will be documented, and obviously no leader would want to be called out for doing something that goes against protocol. Trump has gone as far as talking about closing down news outlets, such as CNN, The Washington Post and the New York Times, which are all big time media outlets. This goes directly against the First Amendment; Freedom of speech and the press. It is nothing new that the media has been criticized for being biased, this dates back to when media for started printing, but the media shouldn’t be threatened.
Even if he doesn’t take away the overall sources of media, Trump plans on discrediting media sites, so while they live on no one believes them. If the public doesn’t listen to an outside source of information about what Trump and his administration is doing, then the only source they will have is him and his word, which is more dangerous than any article written according to the Anchorage Daily Press. As our founder Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”