Comment in response to this important article by Jay Rosen, published December 29,2016.
Yes, things are looking bleak. But The Press was given special rights in the First Amendment because the Founding Fathers expected it to do two things: report the facts accurately and fearlessly and hold the government accountable for its actions. Many pressures have caused many parts of The Press to stray from this mission, as Mr. Rosen’s post accurately chronicles. But now more than ever, excuses won’t do. The Press must step up to do its duty, or forever forego its claim to the “special treatment” it receives under the Bill of Rights.
Here are 6 things The Press must start doing right now, when its obligations are the greatest:
- Resist normalizing Trump during the pre-inauguration period.
- Call out his anti-constitutional rhetoric and actions.
- Educate the public on the true meaning of the Constitution.
- Expose and contextualize Trump’s constant lying.
- Accurately report his narcissistic outbursts and behaviors.
- Hold him accountable for his performance as President, particularly with regard to the promises he made to his supporters during the campaign.