Pil­lars of so­ci­ety un­der at­tack

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Love breeds love. Hate breeds hate. Never be­fore are these max­ims more ap­par­ent than to­day. This na­tion is in dis­tress be­cause of an un­prece­dented level of ha­tred bor­der­ing on para­noia to­ward a sit­ting pres­i­dent. No longer is a pres­i­dent eval­u­ated by his ac­com­plish­ments, but by his man­ner of speech. This ha­tred is man­i­fested in many ways, some­thing our Found­ing Fa­thers never en­vi­sioned.

The pil­lars of our so­ci­ety are un­der at­tack. Free speech, es­pe­cially in uni­ver­si­ties, is no longer the rule, but the ex­cep­tion. Po­lit­i­cal par­ti­san­ship is ram­pant. Open di­a­logue with some­one of a dif­fer­ent opin­ion has be­come con­tentious, of­ten re­sult­ing in bro­ken friend­ships.

To­day a “free press” seems to be an oxy­moron. Most of the main­stream news me­dia has ab­di­cated its re­spon­si­bil­ity as a neu­tral provider of in­for­ma­tion. The line has be­come blurred be­tween the his­tor­i­cal role of a jour­nal­ist and a news out­let’s ed­i­to­rial voice. Too many re­porters re­flect their own opin­ion in re­port­ing events and de­cide what should and should not be in­cluded in a re­port, re­gard­less of its im­por­tance to un­der­stand­ing all as­pects of a sit­u­a­tion. Is this why Pres­i­dent Trump refers to the news me­dia as “fake news” and more omi­nously, as an enemy of the peo­ple? To para­phrase a fa­mous Thomas Jef­fer­son ad­mo­ni­tion: A democ­racy is fin­ished when the cit­i­zenry be­comes mis­in­formed or un­in­formed.

WAR­REN MANISON Po­tomac

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