POV | Trump does Americans disservice in declaring media an enemy
The great minds that founded our country created the three branches of government, wrote the Constitution and the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called the Bill of Rights. They also felt one of the amendments was important enough to be the first amendment.
Let me remind you what it says:
"Congress shall make no laws abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This means we, as Americans, have the right to know what's going on in our government and to complain to the government about what we think is wrong.
This is a right that the people of Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Syria and many others don't have. They know what the government wants them to know, hearing only the government's voice, telling them all is well.
Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, most newspapers had definite biases and agendas that were reflected in their reporting. Bias in reporting is nothing new and, in fact, unbiased reporting was almost unheard of, but the founders still felt the press must be protected and even encouraged to seek the truth.
President Donald Trump has no power to prohibit the media from reporting, and yet he desperately wants to stop them from looking into whatever involvement he had with the Russians. The only tool he really has is to try to discredit the media by calling every less-than-flattering story about him, "fake news."
By the way, he's not the first. Johnson did it. Nixon did it. The first Bush did it. But none were as effective as Trump.
Let me be clear. Much of the major networks' and leading newspapers' reporting on Trump is biased, but it is not fake news. There is a significant difference.
What are your thoughts?
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.
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