“History will not be kind to you”
What is happening to reporters and the free press in this country has become sickening. Like, actually nauseating.
I come from a family of journalism majors. Reading and writing were very encouraged in my home. My father would read my work, and then teach me how to self-edit. Writing has always been my safe haven. And the thought of writing and journalism and free press being becoming abhorrent tears me apart.
On November 7, at a press conference in the White House, WH Chief Correspondent Jim Acosta asked the President questions on immigration and bipartisanship. The President responded poorly and angrily. Acosta didn’t give up, even when a WH aide tried to pry the microphone from his hands. Acosta was vilified and had his White House credentials suspended. In Sarah Sanders tweets about the incident, she claimed Acosta put his hands on the aide and the White House will, “…never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” From what we know about Trump and his peers, they have no problem putting their hands on women.
With a little research, it’s not hard to conclude Sarah Sanders tweeted a doctored and misleading video, originally posted by InfoWars. It is not the truth, and neither were the words she said about the incident.
This is the beginning of the end of free press. It is abominable, but I cannot say it is unbelievable. President Trump refuses to answer tough questions and refuses to be made a fool of — even though he is one giant fool. Instead of countering questions with educated, formal feedback, Trump chooses to act like an annoying child trying to get out of time-out.
We cannot stand down. We cannot be shut up. We have to keep resisting, keep reporting, keep listening, and always keep writing.