The me­dia’s job is hold­ing those in power ac­count­able

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: John Mered­ith,

“Ques­tion­ing the me­dia’s in­tegrity in cov­er­age of Don­ald Trump,” June 30 let­ter to the editor.

Let­ter-writer Jon Pitt takes the main­stream me­dia, in­clud­ing The Den­ver Post, to task for cre­at­ing “their own brand of ‘real news,’ ” and for con­tribut­ing to “the dis­man­tling of pub­lic trust in me­dia.” He states, “It’s been said that if you don’t read the news­pa­per you’re un­in­formed. And if you read it, you’re mis­in­formed.”

On the con­trary. Ma­jor news­pa­pers like The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post are ded­i­cated to un­cov­er­ing and re­port­ing the truth and to hold­ing those in power ac­count­able; it is their rai­son d’être.

The free­dom of the press to do its job, as en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to the sur­vival of democ­racy, and the be­lief of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion that the me­dia is the en­emy of the peo­ple is not only in­ac­cu­rate, it tears at the very fab­ric of this great ex­per­i­ment we call the United States of Amer­ica.

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