Journalist Not Enemy of People

Posted on August 16, 2018

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“Fake news.” Biased reporting.”

But there’s a new melody now, a new thread added by Trump. “Enemy of the people.”

It’s an old phrase, one used all the way back to Roman times, as well as the Soviet Union against dissidents. A form even appeared in Nazi Germany, when Jewish people were called an “enemy of the state.” My wife can tell you that her Jewish classmate friend was removed from school and killed.

Journalist are used to being insulted. It comes with the job, with working to report accurately on the ceaseless torrent of happenings that comprise modern life. No one will be happy all the time with what a journalist or news outlet produces.

But being called an enemy—and not of a politician or cause, but of the whole people of a nation—that’s something else entirely.

It’s sinister. It’s destructive. And it must end now.

Our current president attacks hard. He’s proud it it.

Not covering him aggressively would be a dereliction of duty.

We know that’s not always a popular stance, but it doesn’t make the press the enemy of anyone.

We’re not separate from the public. We are the public. We live and work and play in our communities. We go to restaurants and send our children to school. We drive the same roads, see the same doctors.

We’re not the enemy of the people. We are the people.

 

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