The US Press must stand up to Trump

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JOUR­NAL­ISTS are too com­plicit in the rit­ual degra­da­tions at the pres­i­dent’s press con­fer­ences. This time he went for Jim Acosta from CNN. Acosta pointed out that “the car­a­van” is a dis­trac­tion and very many hun­dreds of miles away. He was told he was a rude and ter­ri­ble per­son. Trump dis­misses any crit­i­cism as fake news.

What is jour­nal­ism when it can­not bring it­self to say this? The re­sult of this ret­i­cence means Trump calls all the me­dia – ex­cept Fox and mad-old

Press should boy­cott th­ese dis­plays of brute power

In­fowars – liars. One of the huge di­vides in Amer­i­can so­ci­ety is now two sets of me­dia. It is only when you live there, too, do you see how much news is “lo­cal” rather than na­tional. In hold­ing on to this noble idea of bal­ance, the press corps sets it­self up to be tram­pled. If the press is to be seen as the hon­ourable pro­tec­tor of the truth, it must have the courage to dis­rupt and boy­cott th­ese dis­plays of brute power, or it is re­mains com­plicit in them.

No one will stand up for the free­dom of the Amer­i­can press if its jour­nal­ists won’t stand up for each other and walk out of th­ese rit­ual degra­da­tions called press con­fer­ences, where ques­tions are only ever an­swered by lies and in­tim­i­da­tion.

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