Leonard Woolsey, Galveston County Daily News Publisher, stated that he was “concerned for democracy, furthermore, I’ve never felt so strongly as the role of the press as I do now,” a reference to Trump’s war with the press (“Journalists are under fire,” The Daily News, March 5).
Woolsey said, “America’s bloody experience in the Vietnam War and the fact that Walter Cronkite turned against the war are examples of the press’ good virtues by helping end a senseless war.”
Hasn’t Trump essentially said the same thing stated over and over again both on the campaign trail and as president that these wars were a mistake, resulted in trillions of dollars spent, thousands killed and maimed, the Middle East in turmoil, the rise of ISIS and created a world refugee problem.
Woolsey writes how strongly Thomas Jefferson believed in a free press. Jefferson did in fact believe in a free press, but he also believed in an honest press. What Woolsey failed to mention was that Jefferson, one of America’s greatest presidents whose face is on Mount Rushmore, suffered greatly under the press during his presidency. Jefferson also said, “On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people.” That too was absent from the editorial.
Woolsey said, “The press is there to uncover and tell those stories for the people and those who cannot speak for themselves.” Surely, he realizes that the press was trying to influence an election when twice in less than a month, Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush was caught sending stories to Hillary Clinton staffers for approval, and another influential reporter Kenneth Vogel sending advance copies to the Democratic National Committee for approval.
I don’t remember any editorials about this or the dirty journalistic standards of hot shot New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich’s leaked email in which he told Hillary Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri she “could veto what you didn’t want” from his interview with the candidate.
Our country is facing serious challenges at home and abroad. President Trump has made credible proposals that have been well received by labor, business leaders and the stock market.
While this is going on, we see a press whose approval rating is below sea level focusing on claims that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians over email hacking, knowing that both Republican and Democratic chairmen on the senate intelligence committee, the FBI, the intelligence community and James Clapper, the Obama appointee, who headed up the intelligence department, have said loud and clear that this has been investigated and no wrongdoing or collaboration by the Trump campaign have been uncovered.
Real crimes have and continue to occur designed to undermine the president. His private conversations to foreign leaders and other classified material have been leaked to the press. These can only come from a shadow government within the intelligence community of career Obama holdovers.
These are felony crimes that more than undermine the president, they undermine the founding principle of democracy.