The new man in the Oval Office has made the media his enemy with every speech and Tweet.
He’s doing his best to turn citizens against mainstream news outlets.
I grew up reading the New York newspapers and watching the local and national news, NBC, ABC and CBS. I was so all-in at a young age that I chose journalism as my college major. I listened to my professors at SUNY Morrisville and the University of Maryland, hearing well their lessons of fairness and balance and accuracy. I wrote and edited stories for the Morrisville Chimes and University of Maryland Diamondback while taking those college classes, a student reporter and editor intent on learning and practicing a profession I considered honorable in nature and integral to the core of society. I earned a part-time job at night at the Washington Post, watching seasoned editors and reporters battle the daily news machine the best ways they knew. Graduation saw me work with ink and then digital realities for first the Prince George’s Journal and then The Syracuse Post-Standard. From 1979 to 2013, I shared a mission with hundreds of men and women intent on bringing the news to the people. What we could figure out to be real news, the best way we could gather it, ethically and taking no cues from outside influences.
It does my heart good to see the words on the banner of the Washington Post these days as I read it on my iPad.
Democracy Dies in Darkness, it says under the Masthead.