On February 17, United States President Donald trump took to Twitter and attacked the media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The president continues to call the press and media organizations critical of his actions “fake news” – something that led to #NotTheEnemy to trend on Twitter.
To be clear, journalists are not the enemy, but rather have a duty to uncover the facts and present them objectively.
Voice of America
The Voice of America’s charter is clear on this and reads:
1. VOA will serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news. VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive.
2. VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive projection of significant American thought and institutions.
3. VOA will present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively, and will also present responsible discussions and opinion on these policies.
What ever the news is, good or bad, flattering or critical, the press is there to present it accurately.
Lessons from History
U.S. Senator John McCain shared his thoughts on NBC’s Meet the Press:
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 18, 2017
“I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started… They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”