According to Brian Flood of Fox News, “[President] Trump says America would be better off without the ‘CNNs of the world’ after fiery news conference.”
“President Trump ended Wednesday’s White House joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö by taking a shot at CNN.”
‘“The United States is a great democracy… and if the press were straight and honest, and forthright and tough, we would be a far greater nation,’ Trump said.”
Can anyone possibly argue the validity of that statement?
Can anyone possibly argue the correctness of that statement?
It is now commonly acknowledged that our “press” has a definite liberal bias.
It has also become apparent, particularly within the last five to ten years, that the “press” has gone beyond being bias to promoting the liberal narrative of the moment.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….”
The founders of our country saw “the press” as an important component towards a healthy government and a healthy democracy.
According to Eugene Volokh and Gary T. Schwartz, Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, for the Heritage.org website, “
This writing by the First Continental Congress in 1774, says, “The last right we shall mention regards the freedom of the press. The importance of this consists, besides the advancement of truth, science, morality, and arts in general, in its diffusion of liberal sentiments on the administration of Government, its ready communication of thoughts between subjects, and its consequential promotion of union among them, whereby oppressive officers are shamed or intimidated into more honorable and just modes of conducting affairs.”
So what are reasonable or accepted journalistic standards?
While various codes may have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability, as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.
“…public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.”
It is not “the job” of “the press” to be oppositional or propositional.
So, again I ask, can anyone possibly argue the validity of President Trump’s statement? Can anyone possibly argue the correctness of President Trump’s statement?
Apparently it is “the press” itself who is ready to argue The President’s point.
Again, President Trump commented “The United States is a great democracy… and if the press were straight and honest, and forthright and tough, we would be a far greater nation.”
No sooner had the words left President Trump’s mouth, a male voice from somewhere in the room shouted, “We are, Mr. President!”
“A source inside the room told Fox News the person who shouted was CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.”
“Trump’s retort? ‘We would be far greater when we don’t have the CNNs of the world, who are corrupt people.’”
“Trump then thanked the attendees and walked off.”
“CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
And don’t hold your breath waiting either.
In this instance, it is safe to use Jim Acosta as an example of how not to behave if you aspire to be a credible journalist.
Instead of recording and reporting, we have Jim Acosta choosing to interject himself into the story.
Again…, Acosta is an example of how not to behave if you aspire to be a credible journalist.
It also seems that CNN played right along…, demonstrating exactly what The President was referring to…, and making his point for him.
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