The threat is real. It is profound. It is a danger to the ideals that have made the United States a beacon of freedom for the world.
Each time President Donald Trump decries “fake news” or says the media is “the enemy of the people” or points to reporters and calls them “horrible, horrendous people,” a little piece of America dies. And yet the president persists, undermining the very foundation of this nation while creating a cultural divide that will have lasting repercussions.
Because of that, The Columbian is joining with newspapers throughout the country today in editorializing against these most un-American actions by an American president. Trump’s frequent harangues against the media, born of thin-skinned immaturity and disrespect for the pillars of this nation, represent an appalling and unacceptable rejection of all that makes America great.
When it comes to considering the media in a free society, we are inclined to side with the Founding Fathers, who included, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Or with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”