“Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose a deception in government. And Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”
– Justice Black, 1971
Since Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States the country has been in turmoil. In eleven short moths, Trump has brought shame and dishonour to the Oval Office around the world, his uncensored rants showing him to be the bully and ignorant fool he is. He lies, often, several times a day, and he knows he is lying but believes his lies and expects those around him to support and hold up his falsehoods.
When he first attacked the press, I remember thinking out loud, “this is how Hitler started.” One of the first things Hitler did was censor the German press, banning what he did not want printed, openly lying about what was happening. Trump has not banned the press, but he has tried and no one can tell me he has not thought about it. He attacks various news outlets who have criticized and/ or exposed him in their work, refusing to take their questions, threatening to take away their White House credentials. Beyond all those actions, what he said about women before the election should have doomed him in the election. The man respects no one. NO ONE.
We expect the news to be reported as it is, the truth, told to us with integrity and credibility. With Trump, I think his issue comes in that he is often treated with open disdain by reporters who simply dislike, do not trust him or despise the man.
He demands to be adored, nothing matters more to him. His ego demands nothing less. Petty arguments with the press about attendance at his inauguration, about hiring his family members, about the constant expense of protecting he and his family during his countless weekend golf outings, took up far too much of his time. Rather than governing, he tweets insults, watching the morning news and commenting when slighted. He has attacked the press relentlessly, fired the head of the FBI, has something going on with Russia, refused to release his tax reports after promising to do so, has proven to be a racist, placed unproven family members in key government roles with top security clearances, bullied or intimidated anyone who challenges him, and taken the US closer to nuclear war than they have been in decades.
He is the single most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office.