Flaws or not, I haven’t seen a President handle the press so deftly since one Ronald Wilson Reagan. While the Gipper was extremely adroit and witty, and he never relented or surrendered his convictions, the sheer level of contempt he faced was not near as caustic or juvenile as it is now. I admire the fact Trump makes no apologies for doing his job, that he’s quite intuitive in regards to people’s true intentions and he does not hesitate in exposing the media’s hypocrisy and hysterics. The MSM has become so hopelessly partisan and dishonest by design that these blunt, unfiltered exchanges – not those watered down, spoon-fed talking points, mind you – are exactly what America needs to hear right now. Real journalism is not predicated upon political advocacy or shameless assumptions sold under false pretenses; it’s a fluid presentation of tangible and verifiable data conveyed for the purpose of informing people rather than recklessly inciting them for personal gain. How can everyday Americans ever make a prudent and enlightened decision for the benefit of their country, if not their own family, when they are routinely denied the most unadulterated details?
As an institution vital to the collective conscience of any society, journalism should embody an unconditional commitment to objectively conveying the news with an ingrained respect for the individuals/subjects covered, as well as the intelligence and well-being of their audience. Sadly, I can find few such examples of invested dignity in the media today. Rabid activism, pundits waging political vendettas with the goal of achieving a singular end, is now marketed as reputable reporting. The issue is not whether correspondents identify as liberal or conservative, for that is inevitable, as long as such beliefs are not incumbent upon needlessly distorting fact, selectively reporting current events or fabricating slanderous allegations to sway public opinion. The real crime is that culpability and consequence are increasingly viewed as naively quixotic. If the Fourth Estate cannot serve as the universal watchdog of our republic, both identify impropriety and report the truth with equal vigor, America will succumb to the same fates as many other infamous propaganda states: divided by fear, conquered by blind apathy, or dismantled according to its own complicit ignorance. Thank God at least our President got that memo.