How did we get to the point where we are calling the press the enemy of the people or the opposition party? Then there is the “lame stream media?” In today’s climate, some who act as our representatives are at war with the media, it is a war allowing certain political factions to create a message for political gain, a message based on politics, not fact.
Before you talk about the liberal media, remember there is the conservative media-Fox News and then Brietbart, The Drudge Report, New York Post, News Max, Washington Times, Washington Examiner and many others. Therefore, the “lame stream media” is a misplaced slogan attempting to hide the conservative media behind political labels designed to fool and divert. Why not refer to the conservative media as "The Propaganda Press?"
Make no bones about it, the media has its issues. From NBC (Nobody But Clinton) to the Fox News Network (The Faux News Network), the media is open to fair criticism. However, it is important to remember, an open and free press is key to an open and free society.
Unfortunately, we have come to an age where our political representatives have declared war on the media. From body slams to assaulting female reporters, the political machine is doing its best to spin these events leading the people to believe it is either “fake news” or “an overly aggressive press.” Unfortunately, under this strategy spin wins and the truth loses.
How did we get here? That is the question we need to answer. Regardless of the answer, we need to preserve free speech. Moreover, the press needs to ensure that a free and open press remains a bedrock of our free and open society. To accomplish both goals, the public needs a critical eye taking action to read the story behind the social media post.
Preserving our way of life demands action from the citizenry, particularly when the “leadership” declares war on first amendment protections by warring with the free and open press.
Maybe it is time for less conflict and more reconciliation of our views, our ideas, and our thoughts. Reconciliation achieved through an open, not closed, mind.
For more on this issue here are two broadcasts worth listening to from NPR