Solely a tyrant would assault a free press
Relating to “Trump blames media for Virginia criticism” (Aug. 23): When President Trump stated of the American press, “I actually assume they don’t like our nation,” he was speaking about any person he doesn’t know, by no means met, by no means will meet: Me.
In contrast to him, I served for 2 years in my nation’s uniform, throughout Korea. No educational deferments. No bone spurs.
I then spent a half-century as a tv journalist. Throughout each the brief army and the lengthy journalistic careers, I labored conscious of my deep love for this nation, and of the undeniable fact that I used to be serving her — providing her first my life, then all my talent to hold out the intent of the founding fathers: To provide People the reality, insofar as I might decide it, in order that they might information our nation correctly. Recently, that final half hasn’t gone nicely, however it isn’t the fault of our free press.
The media should take its duty significantly
A functioning democracy is just not attainable with out an knowledgeable citizens, and a free press is important if there’s to be an knowledgeable citizens. The factor a few free press is that it’s as free to disseminate lies, disinformation and hatred as it’s the fact, details and kindness.
It could possibly be stated that it’s as much as the person to train discernment as to which is which. That is true, however the press additionally bears a heavy duty.
For one factor it does a really poor job of policing itself. It prints and broadcasts materials from innocuous-sounding organizations with out telling us who the sources actually are. After which there’s “false equivalence,” whereby regardless of how one-sided the story is, whether or not for good or evil, it all the time appears essential to say, “the opposite aspect does it too.”
J. R. Ranney
Take a break from liberal media reporting
Frank Bruni’s “Can’t eclipse spirit” (Aug. 20) is typical of the hogwash coming from each coasts’ protected liberal elites. Mixed with the TV information exhibits it’s sufficient to make a pig lose his dinner. Speak about hate speech? That is that in spades.
If one actually needs to attach with America at this time, go to ESPN and watch the Little League World Collection from Williamsport, Pa., and get some a lot-wanted aid from the unfavorable drumbeat.
There you will notice actual America having enjoyable, competing, consuming pizza and scorching canine and spending high quality household time along with all races and nationalities included.
These are the those that elected Donald Trump president of the USA, not the legion of socialist spoiled brats that inhabit the hallowed halls of New York and California. Right here’s to the winner.
Cease falling for Trump’s many distractions
As an alternative of giving publicity to Trump’s outrageous anti-media feedback, the media ought to dedicate extra time to reporting about Trump’s government orders, new requirements on the Environmental Safety Company, plans to slash scholar assist and meals stamps help and efforts to radically alter our well being care system.
When the media stoops to the president’s degree, necessary information doesn’t get coated.
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