The current onslaught against America’s press, led by Donald Trump, endangers a force that has long made America more free and equal by holding those in power accountable, argue Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner of The Atlantic. In the country’s history, newspapers ensured that the truth prevailed, from the New York Times uncovering lies about the Vietnam War to The Boston Globe reporting about the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse. Today, journalism is attacked, cynically, to undermine the voices that hold our leadership accountable. It is done from self-interest and must be fought by a united country that stands for the freedom of its press.
The media’s united criticism of Donald Trump is exaggerated, ignoring the anti-conservative bias that is so common in American newsrooms, believes Jeremy Carl of National Review. The president’s words, while impolite, touch upon this truth. Many mainstream outlets’ staffs are overwhelmingly liberal and anti-Trump. Voices that go against this left-wing agenda tend to be marginalized. Big outlets have allowed their editorial and opinion articles to be dominated by liberal talking points instead of opting for intellectual diversity. The wave of opposition to the president’s words is tainted in partisanship and hypocrisy.