In the weeks (oh God, I mean months, has it been that long?) since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the former (or current depending on who you ask) CEO of The Trump Organization has set his sights and most of his breath on “defeating” one particular foe. A foe so treacherous, Trump himself has declared them on Twitter, via his preferred presidential method of communication, the “enemy of the American people.”
Of course, I am talking about the press. You know that horrible, no good group of people doing their job and not destroying or taking any lives in return. They are terrible, aren’t they? (That was sarcasm if you couldn’t tell.)
Despite Trump’s totally unbiased and not-alarming-at-all declaration (again with the sarcasm), from an outside perspective, the press is doing rather well since Trump took office early this year. It must be difficult for reporters to try and do their jobs when arguably the most powerful man in the world (not sarcasm, but, God, do I wish it was), is doing everything in his power to discredit them and their work. But luckily for the American public, journalists aren’t weaklings. Take CNN for example. Despite being labeled as ‘fake news,’ the journalists with the 24-hour news organization persevered and continued to do their work, reporting the truth in a (mostly) non-biased fashion and standing up for the American new industry as a whole.
All in all, I would say that the majority of national new organizations are doing well under the current administration, who has made it clearly that any news not in alignment with its beliefs is unequivocally false. Regarding the purposes of journalism, meaning telling the truth and informing the American public, most are progressing rather well.
Admittedly, there are a small few organizations, mainly those that lie on the extreme right and left of the political spectrum, which are more interested in tarnishing the other side than reporting truthfully and fairly. Their names are often found in the address bar on the web pages for salacious news rumors. And unfortunately, their names are also on the list of the outlets that our wise president (and the sarcasm is back!) trusts unyieldingly. Without question, these outlets would receive the grade of a D, if not an F, from any respectable journalism professor. And rightly so. Outlets such as Breitbart, InfoWars, and OccupyDemocract neglect all journalistic ethics and morals with the purpose of inflaming audiences to follow their particular biases, and this is especially true since the recent presidential election.
On the president’s blacklist of such as CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, who, while having taken a more forceful approach that before when it comes to their reporting on the President, have remained focused on their overall purpose, to let the American people know the information necessary to make them knowledgeable citizens, regardless of political affiliation. Of course, these outlets have their moments. There is a bit of smelliness regarding CNN’s reporting of a largely uncorroborated dossier regarding the President and a few of his rumored exploits while in Russia before his election. I think it is safe to safe you could comfortably grade these outlets with solid B, if not a B+, based simply on the fact that, though they are under attack, they have remained journalistically ethical and correct.
It must be noted that were someone else with stronger political feelings, one way or the other, could write this same post and come to entirely different conclusions. While I try to remain unbiased in most things, it is likely (see: definite) that some of my sympathies have affected my thoughts here. But here’s the thing, I am not a national news organization. It is not my job to be unbiased. I am simply a girl sitting behind a computer with a head full of sarcasm asking you to read this and maybe give it a think.