Google search results on “Fake News” easily surpassed the 1,000,000 mark soon after President Donald Trump’s press conference last week. If it was a recording, it would easily have gone platinum. Eighty minutes of ranting about “fake news” and the “failing New York Times” left the press and public in awe. It was more like entertainment, reminiscent of our Latino rappers who helped pioneer rap music alongside African Americans, the originators of such music.
Kid Frost, Big Pun, B-Real and even Pit Bull would have to take their rapping hats off to his insistent, repetitive beat and lyrics as he easily created and reinforced the term “fake news” and “failing newspaper”. Trump used a strident boastful pattern of speech aimed at taking the media establishment down, clearly styled after an inventive form of White House reality rap. He was a masterful entertainer even behind a podium, performance complete with his presidential brand of flamboyant hand and mouth movements. It quickly inspired WTFBrahh to create this hysterical video, yes hysterical. Trump’s press conference was quickly followed by a presidential tweet last Friday proclaiming fake news “an enemy of the American people.” Our President loves getting his point across with Twitter, and 141 K people liked what he had to say, but this clearly is a trust issue.
Who should the American people listen to and trust? Americans have always believed in free speech. The press has largely and genuinely helped serve and support this purpose knowing that readers have little tolerance for mistakes. This is an industry driven by highly trained journalist-who also happen to be human-who form an opinion based on discoverable facts. Good journalist and journalism practice operates ethically. Walter Williams wrote the The Journalist’s Creed to describe its ethics and it hangs in the Washington Dc’s National Press Club. Here is a small excerpt from that creed:
“I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob…”
So, I ask the American people, do we really believe that all media is “Fake”? Does the newspaper system fail, when the President does not like what they have to say.
The Presidents attacks are not just on Fake news, but the News originators themselves: New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. The tweet demonstrates this by throwing stones and calling out big time media establishments.
What would the political world be like if no press existed? Are we really better off? Should we trust every politician’s word or just the Presidents? President Trump is not the first to have an adversarial relationship with the press. President Richard M Nixon also had an adversarial relationship with the press and the press prevailed.
This article is not intended to compare the actions of Richard Nixon to that of Donald Trump. Nixon’s actions were inexcusable. He was ultimately asked to leave office. Our intent is simply to remind the American people that democracy works because of free speech. The press plays a valuable role in protecting that right. Thomas Jefferson, our third President said it well “No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.”
The repetitive rap like nature of President Trump’s Press conference last week was a media spectacle, replete with rants and attacks that we feel are beneath the office and the man-but within his rights. The reality rap here is that the press is essential to the American People. I think B-Real, Pitbull and even Kid Frost would agree.
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