News Media

The News Media is NOT THE ENEMY of America!

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 21:17

Much has been said about our current presidential administration, and about President Trump stating that the news media is the "enemy of the American people". This is a very dangerous proposition, and one that is contrary to the founding principles of our country. In America, and historically throughout the world, a free press has been the bulwark of a democratic society.

To quote from the USA Today news article (one of many news outlets carrying the story) Trump again calls media 'enemy of the people':

William McRaven, the retired admiral who planned the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said this week that Trump's attacks on the media may also be undermining democracy itself. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, said in a speech. “This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” (emphasis mine).

We can see the truth of the value of the media by looking at what dictators do,