Real journalism is not free, and it’s worth paying for

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room from Wikipedia Commons

The best thing you can do to support the journalists who were kept out of the White House briefing today is to support their work financially. The truth is not cheap.

It is a common practice for dictators to attack the free press as one of their first steps in taking control of the citizenry — if the only voices allowed to speak to the people are controlled by the state, then the state becomes the only voice.

Political journalists in the western world will have to take their skills in reporting in places like North Korea and apply them closer to home.

It’s time to find reliable sources who can speak off the record and can be verified through other non-official channels. And it’s past time to call on fellow journalists to stand together, as the reporters for Time magazine and the Associated Press did today when they boycotted the meeting.

From The Independent: “White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday hand selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, BuzzFeed, The Hill, and the Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.”