Over the weekend we had this:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
I’m not a journalist. Journalists go to universities to learn their trade, intern with publications, sometimes spend years working their way up through the ranks, and hone their craft in whatever arm of the media they work. Their study includes ethics along with checks-and-balances and accountability. We may not agree with them all the time, but they have standards to adhere to, and must answer for unethical actions.
My sister is a journalist with a master’s degree. I’ve seen her journey through the years. She is #NotTheEnemy.
I am a writer, a blogger if you will, who has tried to learn from my reporter friends to be responsible and accountable. I first joined the internet because of a feeling that the media were unfair with Republican candidates, especially at the local level.
Before the 24/7 news cycle, there were limited ways to access news so when Fox News came along, they provided conservatives with an alternative voice to balance information. Billed as “fair and balanced,” their format was to provide pro and con speakers on each issue. Likewise, Rush Limbaugh was the conservative talk radio show that provided information not readily heard from limited news outlets.
And then the 24/7 news cycle ramped up and conservative talk radio shows mushroomed: Hannity, Ingraham, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and many more.
I stopped listening to talk radio about six or seven years ago. It was a constant negative drum beat. The sky was falling every day of the year. The rhetoric built up on the right and, sadly, the nastiness reminded of the eight years while President George W. Bush was in office, only this time it was coming from my side of the aisle.
I disconnected from radio, toned back on Fox News. Stepped outside the bubble and tuned into some other media sources. Discovered Joe Scarborough, a conservative congressman during the 1990s, hosting a three-hour news discussion show in the mornings. I began to get a more balanced look at the issues by listening to all sides and actually hearing other points of view.
Which brings me to today and the tweet at the top of this post. When Obama attacked Fox News while he was in the White House, I was vocal about my disagreement because that, in my opinion, was beneath the dignity of the President of the United States. Likewise, it is beneath the dignity of this president to call mainstream media the “enemy of the American people.” And extremely divisive.
Enough. Stop. POTUS needs to tend to the pressing issues that face the U.S. instead of turning one group of Americans against another group of Americans.
As Chris Wallace pointed out on Fox News Sunday to Reince Priebus, “You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did. Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I’ve got to say, he never said we were an enemy of the people.”
This conservative is going to defend journalists. They are #NotTheEnemy
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