The US Press must stand up to Trump
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.