Regardless of one’s opinion politically, there is one reality that republicans, anti-Trumpers, and honest reporters and journalists can agree on: for the most part, the mainstream media does not favor President Donald Trump and his policies.
President Trump has repeatedly denounced ‘fake news’ media outlets such as CNN, causing the typical liberal tantrum. Yet the ultimate demonstration has yet to occur, as Boston Globe, based in Boston, Massachusetts, has recruited over 100 news media outlets to participate in a day of solely anti-Trump commentary in their fight to “protect free speech from Trump attacks” in the commander in chief’s alleged ‘dirty war against the free press.’
While the day will unlikely be very different from any other considering the general disfavor expressed for the president, Boston Globe has proposed that on Thursday, August 16, they and fellow leftist media sources are to participate in what it is being referred to as “a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.”
“We are not the enemy of the people,” continued Editorial Page Deputy Managing Editor Marjorie Pritchard in response to said attacks.
Among the over 100 other publishers joining the Globe’s planned day of bias include Denver Post, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Minneapolis Star Tribune, and well as “small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.”
According to Pritchard, the media campaign has the goal of “educat[ing] readers to realize that an attack on the first amendment is unacceptable. We are a free and independent press; it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined the in Constitution.”
Of course, the Globe editor is correct about the importance of a free press, hence it being the first amendment protected under the Bill of Rights and President Trump’s obvious respect for it.
Yes, he has been more than vocal in expressing what he and many conservatives consider to be hateful and biased reporting from the left. The president has also admittedly been highly critical and what sensitive liberals would surely consider cruel in calling the leftist media “fake, fake disgusting news,” as he did at a “rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania” on August 2.
However, President Trump has never once censored the media despite the horrendous things the left says about him yet has merely called upon those with the responsibility of reporting to simply be more honest and unbiased in presenting the facts to the American people.
While the left appears to be considering such an understandable request to be an attack on them, the president has had adequate reason to be concerned.
According to Politico, leading up to the 2016 election, “91 percent of coverage on evening newscasts was negative to Donald Trump.”
Yet the trend began long before that, as a study conducted by Indiana University professors revealed that “the percentage of full-time journalists who claim to be republican dropped from 18 percent in 2002 to 7.1 percent in 2013.”
It only takes a quick browse through various media sources to see that, for the most part, the press still continues to take a left lean while there have recently, coincidentally, been confirmed reports of censorship against conservative views on various social media platforms.
However, according to Pritchard, President Trump “appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks” in making such allegedly hateful comments as the one he uttered on August 2.
Yet the right to free speech arguably protects both the President of the United States as well as extreme leftist reporters. What President Trump has simply requested of the major outlets has in no way infringed upon their right to publish whatever content they deem professional, appropriate, or in any way factual.
“What ever happened to honest reporting?” President Trump also demanded at the recent rally. While allegedly “pointing to journalists covering the event,” he continued, “They don’t report it. They only make up stories.”
Yet the president will surely have much to say about the content of Thursdays ‘news,’ considering that “the Globe is calling upon opinion writers that staff newspaper editorial boards to produce independent opinion pieces about Trump’s media attacks.”
Pritchard further continued regarding the ridiculous plan to post pieces “tak[ing] a common stance against Trump’s words regardless of their politics” that “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”
While the attacks pertaining to first amendment censorship are admittedly so, left-wing news outlets have nothing to fear considering that their news coverage, whether opinion-based or fact-oriented, have been allowed to remain on media platforms while conservative contributors such as show host Alex Jones have been completely banned.
The most telling example of such bias was clearly seen when “conservative commentator Candace Owens” was temporarily banned from Twitter upon posting tweets based off the ones provided by the New York Times’ recent controversial hire, Sarah Jeong.
Jeong posted hateful messages about ‘dumba** f*****g white people’ and about being cruel to them. While she did not face consequences from the platform for her inappropriate conduct, Owens did upon posting very similar tweets where she replaced ‘white’ with ‘Jewish’ or ‘black.’
Of course, both women’s tweets were racist and hateful in nature, yet Owens successfully proved a point regarding the media’s apparent willingness to censor right-wing-based opinions while allowing such to remain from the left regardless of the level of inappropriateness.
A similar response can surely be the expected outcome regarding liberal garbage published on August 16, which is still protected under the first amendment despite the leftist claim, along with any responses provided by President Trump and the conservative news.