Friday August 17, 2018
Freedom of the press must be preserved.
President Harry Truman came into office with little knowledge of what President Franklin Roosevelt had been undertaking. He brought himself up to date by studying. Fortunately, he was a history buff and was aware of his responsibility. He did not like the press, but he never resorted to the deplorable tactics of our current president.
I don't understand the acceptance of President Donald Trump's behavior, especially his name-calling. Most people would not tolerate this from their children. If one is concerned about "fake news," do a fact check, but don't degrade the industry.
Yes, every establishment has questionable behavior, but in this case the base is usually firm. The press keeps the public informed, and press conferences are the only way to question those in office - who are answerable to us - in a direct manner regarding issues that otherwise could proceed in a secret, harmful manner. The issues the press brings forth often allow us to voice our opinions and take action if necessary. Reporters literally are in the line of fire, reporting what we can't see and bringing attention to issues that need to be addressed by the government and citizens.
Let's be grateful that we have freedom of the press and not a government that exerts control over the media as is done in Russia, where people cannot safely question the government.
President's behavior shouldn't be tolerated