I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump's fusillade against the press. This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn't his first tirade and it won't be his last.
I was reminded of my college journalism professor, the late Hugh Cunningham, who would exhort his young charges in a thundering voice to "never let them scare you." It was his most important lesson. One of Edward R. Murrow's favorite words was "steady." That also bears repeating today.
This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict.
I know what it is like to sit in those seats and feel the scorn and even wrath of politicians of all political persuasions. Attacking the press for unfair coverage has long been a bipartisan pursuit. Sometimes it works. I am happy to say that more often it doesn't. But Trump's brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.
This is not about politics or policy. It's about protecting our most cherished principles. The relationship between the press and the powerful they cover is by its very definition confrontational. That is how the Founding Fathers envisioned it, with noble clauses of protection enshrined in our Constitution.
Good journalism--the kind that matters--requires reporters who won't back up, back down, back away or turn around when faced with efforts to intimidate them. It also requires owners and other bosses with guts, who stand by and for their reporters when the heat is on.
I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation's future depends on it. Dan Rather, Journalist
Donald Trump is always angry and screaming because he does not know
how to always get his point across. He is a hot head and raises his
voice so everyone can hear HIS point whether or not it's the correct
point. Trump targets other people to make himself look better, example
Rosie O?Donnell. Trump has even gone as far as to physically assault
someone at a WWE event (see the second link).
Donald Duck was created in 1934 and his anger back then was seen as
comical, especially when paired against the calm Mickey Mouse. As time
has passed Donald has become angrier. Donald is often shown
throwing fits and bouncing around with a red face. With such a temper
like his, it's surprising that Daisy has stayed around so long.
E A Crowley, Media Scholar
Is anyone good?
What is going on? It is like you look down for a few months and you look up, and all of a sudden you have two very corrupt people running for president. One's corrupt in politics, one's corrupt in life.
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Hillary hasn't had a press conference since well before primaries:
Hillary team tells students what questions to ask: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3621275/Emails-Clinton-staff-rev...
North Korea LOVES Donald: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3618224/Yankee-Home-North-Korea-...