Trump's Presidency Demands A Vigilant Press
by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News
This past week’s attack on the news media wasn’t the first by a U.S. president, but it was what many consider to be the most disturbing.
It started last Thursday during an impromptu 75-minute news conference called by Trump at which he blasted the press, ridiculing its organizations, and treating its reporters with obvious disdain. Seven times during the press conference he claimed that some of the nation’s most respected news organizations were nothing but “fake news.”
“Much of the media in Washington, D.C. — along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular — speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” Trump said. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.”