Mr. President says the enemy of the people is lurking somewhere out there near the newsstand or the postoffice, the restaurant or your front yard. Compound sentences are no longer safe. Adverbs and verbs are running for cover. Who, what, when, where and why can't really believe what they're seeing.

Ears are pressed firmly to the ground. And here we are wondering how it could be the free press has got all this bad luck lately. From Bull Run to the Battle of the Bulge, from the Fourth of July to 9/11, we as a people have always stood tall and proud to defend life, liberty and a free press.

Therefore, let us realize a little bad luck along the road of forming a more perfect union cannot withstand against good will and likeminded people. Ignorance can never build a free press. Ignorance is just downright ignorant.

So go out there and do yourself a favor and buy a newspaper. Better yet, get a subscription.

Clarence Cope

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PD Hyatt

Free press that is filled with lies from the progressives that run most of the newspapers and media outlets.... They have been lying to the American public for many decades and most of them are proud about what they are doing....

Carlos Ponce

Clarence, get your facts straight. The President said the enemy is the "FAKE NEWS media", not ALL media. Why do you ignore that qualifier? When the media puts out propaganda with a Liberal twist that should make you angry. News should be unbiased, the who, what, where, when, how and why. Save opinion and commentary for the op-ed page or commentary shows.
For an example take American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan during a press conference:

"White House correspondent April Ryan, who claimed this week that Donald Trump said WHITE people built America, is confident she heard him say this during the 2016 election.
'He had been saying it right after the cancellation of that Chicago rally due to violence,' the American Urban Radio Networks reporter told the Washington Examiner, referring to a moment last year when protesters prompted the Queens businessman to cancel a campaign event in the Windy City.
Asked if she could cite a specific example of Trump claiming WHITE people built America, Ryan pointed the Examiner to a campaign speech from March 12, 2016.
In an address delivered in Vandalia, Ohio, last year, Trump said, 'We cannot let our First Amendment rights be taken away from us, folks. We can't let it happen. We can't let it happen. We have a right to speak. I mean, we are law-abiding people. We are people that work very hard. We are people that have built this country and made this country great.'
'We're all together, and we want to get along with everybody. But when they have organized, professionally staged wiseguys, we've got to fight back. We've got to fight back,' he added."
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/heres-the-trump-comment-that-a-white-house-correspondent-took-to-mean-white-people-built-this-country/article/2615440
Did Candidate Trump ever say "WHITE people built this country"? NO. And yet this White House Correspondent is reporting this as fact.
April Ryan "...when he was candidate Trump, he said things like, you know, ‘We made this country,’ meaning white America, not necessarily black."
MANY, MANY, MORE EXAMPLES of a BIASED Media!

Carlos Ponce

"MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski: Media’s job to ‘control exactly what people think’"
http://ussanews.com/News1/2017/02/22/msnbcs-mika-brzezinski-medias-job-to-control-exactly-what-people-think/
Sorry Mika, as the Jews in Concentration Camps told their NAZI captors "Die gedanken sind frei" THOUGHTS ARE FREE! Many consider the media the "fourth branch of government". Sad. Some in the media believe it is their job to indoctrinate people into "proper thinking". False narratives, aka FAKE NEWS now permeate many media outlets. Don't be gullible. Question propaganda passed off as "news". Are you smart enough to know the difference?

Steve Fouga

A recent discussion with my sister convinced me that media bias is not only real, but common. She argued that very few articles she reads, or news segments she watches, would have passed muster when she received her journalism degree in 1980. D+ work at best. A word here, a well-timed smirk or eye-roll there, and pretty soon a news story becomes an editorial. Between the public becoming conditioned to this type of reporting, and news outlets not making it GLARINGLY OBVIOUS when a story is straight news and when it contains opinion, it's easy to get fooled into believing a statement is fact, when in reality it reflects the author's or reporter's bias.

Some of you are probably familiar with a 2014 Pew Research study of media bias. The genius of this study was that it surveyed the political leanings of media consumers, rather than trying to analyze the content of the articles themselves. In other words, Fox and MSNBC viewers were simply asked whether they were conservative or liberal, rather than trying to decide whether Sean Hannity's and Rachel Maddow's output was conservative or liberal. I guess the assumption was that over the long haul, people tend to watch or read those sources that conform to their political tendencies. I can think of a few reasons why that might not hold, but the results are still interesting.

Sure enough, a majority of news sources showed a "liberal bias." The major cable outlets -- ABC, CBS, NBC, even MSNBC, had only slightly left-leaning viewership, but left-leaning nonetheless. From this, one could conclude that the stories themselves are left-leaning. To the conservatives I know, any amount of leftness is viewed askance -- thus "the liberal press."

That said, I agree with the premise of this letter. A free press is absolutely essential to holding public officials accountable. But let's inject some old-school discipline into news stories, so the facts can speak for themselves. Save opinion for the editorial page.

George Croix

The press is plenty free. Nobody is stopping them from saying or printing whatever they want.
The problem is a dishonest press saying things that are not so, and a complicit audience encouraging same, all the better to direct a narrative, rather than just report the facts and let the reader decide.
Pretty much like letters to the editor that create a reality to suit a narrative.
A dishonest press would be 'horrific' and 'a threat to our democracy', is it not...???

Steve Fouga

Yes, a press that knowingly lied would be horrific. Whether it threatened our democracy would depend on what lies it told.

Letters to the editor are opinion. As far as I'm concerned, they can say anything they want. If I found out that the paper was not publishing a fair distribution of opinions and topics, I would be disappointed.

George Croix

I was stealing the words from Hillary when she opined that failure to accept the results of an election would be both of those quotes.....
It looks like lot of her voters didn't take her word to heart....the 'resistance'...😄😄🙃.....funny stuff, excepts good sized chunk of press is 'resisting' with a range of...uh... interpretations of facts....
The GDN has managed to mostly avoid being outright guilty of outright news slanting...imho...and has a range of opinions they allow to be printed/posted.
A good thing....

Carlos Ponce

Apparently some media outlets left out the word "fake" from Donald Trump's remarks. Here is an excerpt from his CPAC speech given today:
"They're very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people — the fake news. They dropped off the word “fake”. And all of a sudden the story became the media is the enemy. They take the word “fake” out. And now I'm saying, oh, no, this is no good. But that's the way they are. So I'm not against the media, I'm not against the press. I don't mind bad stories if I deserve them, and I tell you, I love good stories, but we won't talk — I don't get too many of them. But I am only against the fake news media or press. Fake. Fake. They have to leave that word."
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/24/14726584/transcript-donald-trump-cpac-speech
That's very telling about some media outlets and very disturbing that people like the writer of this "Letter to the Editor" would not question his news source. Oh what a tangled web they weave when the Leftist media begins to deceive.

Steve Fouga

If President Trump meant only the fake news, then he shouldn't have listed any outlets by name. When he listed them by name, he implied that the entire organization was the enemy, not just the fake news emanating from them.

He didn't do himself any favors by excluding certain outlets from yesterday's press briefing.

Jim Forsythe

Has any President ever told a untruth? If the only press we have left, at these times, are the ones that agree with a President,  then we have lost  checks and balances at that time.

In 1823 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary to keep the waters pure.”

A free press was so valued by the framers of the Constitution that it was included in the First Amendment. It is not an enemy of free people. We can never let it be silenced or its voice(s) ignored.
— Kurt Holloway Pottstown

"Trump wants to hold journalists to some kind of test, as if they needed his stamp of approval. But that’s never been true in this country. The press of the 1770s was not a well-mannered one, nor even particularly objective. Members considered themselves rabble-rousers, truth-­tellers. They helped foment the revolution. From Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” on down, the press has been a pain in the side of the powerful."

"On Jan. 27 during an interview on “The Brody File” a program on the Christian Radio Network he stated, “I think the media is the opposition party in many ways. I’m not talking about everybody but a big portion of the media, the dishonesty, total deceit, and deception. It makes them certainly partially the opposition party, absolutely.” This was following a very similar statement by his chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on Jan. 25 when he also stated, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Speaking from the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, before a wall of stars honoring intelligence officers who died in service, Trump declared, “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right?” were the one that agree with the President 

"As imperfect as the media is, the alternative to a free press is one in which the government is the sole purveyor of information/propaganda — a tactic that has served dictators well  in the past. Lying becomes infinitely easier when there is no one left to challenge the lies. The Trump administration’s attack on unnamed sources is another well-worn tactic to severely narrow the flow of information and limit the ways in which a constitutionally protected press can hold those in power accountable. "

Carlos Ponce

" Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle." Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell June 14, 1807

Carlos Ponce

Your above quote, “The only security of all is in a free press," was in a letter written to Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette in response to King Charles X censorship of the press in France but he was disillusioned by the press in this country.

Steve Fouga

President Trump would have a better relationship with the press if he didn't lie so much himself, and if he conducted the business of his administration more competently. He gives them so much ammunition that there is always something negative to report. So they report it, and he hates it.

Former presidents who lied were given a bit of a pass because they were likeable guys, easy to get along with. It may not be fair, but President Trump hurts himself by being openly belligerent, sarcastic, insulting, and generally difficult. The press should objectively report the news, but his attitude makes it tougher to keep bias from creeping in. And it gives editorial journalists an incentive to just flat tee off on him.

Just my opinion, but if Secretary Clinton had been elected, the press would have had a field day with her, too.

George Croix

And yet, the recent ex-Pres. openly and enthusiastically demonized at every opportunity any opposition, and often 'acted stupidly' by declaring to be so that which was not, too....maybe the press has a different standard for bad behavior depending on some criteria we are not officially privy to...maybe......
It's a fact the Pres. Trump is just a regular guy type talker vs the smooth one he replaced, and he needs to be more careful about aiding his own critics - after all, it was concern for PC that got him elected, wasn't it....!?!😏
Decorum?
Yeah, a bit lacking....OK, a lot lacking...but if the lack of decorum is what it takes to deal with anemic GDP, bring jobs that pay enough to live on, put our 'allies' back in the correct who is/is not categories, and slow the invasion of the country and stop blaming terror acts on my deer rifles, then rough is where it's at....😄😄😄

Steve Fouga

It'll take a lot more than a lack of decorum to boost the GDP and put our economy back on firm footing. Let's pray that he has more than a lack of decorum. I think prayer is what it'll take.

Jim Forsythe

"after all, it was concern for PC that got him elected, wasn't it....!?!" I think he got elected in spite of It.

George, on this forum some people  said that they were not so much for Trump , but against Clinton. This could be the reason, our the voting swing I outline below ,may have something to do with it.

Since  Herbert  Hoover, we have alternated parties. Hoover  finished FDR's  term,  Johnson  finished JFK's, he did have one term of his own, but I count it as a part of JFK's ., Ford finished Nixon's
To me, they were just a finishing the term  and not a change of party cycle
The one exception was Reagan , Bush. Some might  argue that was just people hoping for more of Reagan thru Bush.
To me this indicates that people vote for change. When a candidate gives them hope, they jump on their band wagon. When that person does not deliver all that was promised, they swing to the other party. With more people voting  as independent. at about 40% clip and increasing, the swing may get larger.

George Croix

I can see I need to work on my sarcasm delivery......I'm tossing it too high.....[smile][smile][unsure]

Steve Fouga

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