More than 300 newspapers across the country—large and small, right- and left-leaning—published editorials today in support of a free press. Why? Because the president has targeted the news media in a way no leader of a free nation ever has or ever should. Support the work of reputable journalists by subscribing to local and national outlets and building your own diversified press room.
To distract from the onslaught of negative publicity, Trump turns time and time again to his favorite straw man: “The Media.” His attacks on the press began during the campaign, continued after the election, and grow louder each time his administration comes under fire for new ethical violations, the passage of illegal policies, or new developments from the Russia investigation. He calls the press the “enemy of the people,” going so far recently as to say the media is “dangerous and sick” and “can also cause war.” After a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis took the lives of five staff members, Trump dialed back his anti-press rhetoric, but only for a few days. Recently, his jabs at the media have become more hostile, with reports of threats of gun violence levied at a reporter with the New York Times and in a live broadcast on C-SPAN. According to experts with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Trump’s attacks increase the risk of violence toward reporters. This week, more than 300 newspapers around the country penned editorials on a single day in support of a free press, answering a call from the Boston Globe to rise up against Trump’s attacks. It’s more important than ever that we support the people and organizations that fight for the truth when our legislators can’t or won’t. How do you do that? Build your own press room:
The publications that are investing the most in reporting talent right now are The Washington Post and The New York Times. The vast majority of the most important news to come out of the election and the new administration have come from one of these two publications. Their mobile apps are amazing, and the miniscule cost may be the best activist investment you will ever make. AND, when you subscribe to these publications, you can give a free gift subscription to someone else! Mother Jones, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic magazines are also putting out great work right now. If you have teenagers in your life, gift them a subscription to Teen Vogue. Their new editorial team has adopted a full-throated activist message that is attracting a lot of praise. But, as with all activism, be sure to start local by subscribing to your local newspaper (find a full list here) and to large dailies like Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, and the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel.
Other news organizations to follow online are News & Guts, a facebook project by Dan Rather which aggregates the most critical or noteworthy news stories of the day, ProPublica, Vox, The Hill, and Politico. For news on the Maine legislature, follow the Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, and Maine Public Broadcasting. For an international perspective, follow Reuters, BBC News, The Guardian, and The Independent.
Nonprofit investigative journalism is gaining a foothold in the news cycle. Organizations like ProPublica, the Center For Public Integrity, and Maine’s Pine Tree Watch are all putting out some great work and need our support. The Committee to Protect Journalists and the ACLU are dedicated to fighting for freedom of the press in this country and around the world.
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