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Media not the enemy of the people

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It is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. But it is under attack like never before. A free press is vital to our country, but it is being labeled as an enemy of the people by no less than the President of the United States. President Trump has been the chief cheerleader against the media since his campaign started and that continues now that he is in the Oval office. At a recent rally in Florida, Trump singled out a CNN reporter who was there to cover the event, and the crowd ate it up, shouting “fake news” and “CNN sucks.” It was a mob mentality, with the raucous crowd jeering, pointing and flipping the bird. But the press is not the enemy. The press play an important role in telling people the truth, even the truth they don’t want to hear. It is important that the press hold our leaders accountable, and serve as fact-checkers, a job that has become more difficult with all the mistruths spoken by the President, more than 5000 since he took office, an average of more than 7 per day. Trump’s attack on the media is Orwellian, trying to convince people that the only truth comes from him. We know that is not true. The press is not the enemy of the people, as Trump claims. It is a foundation of our democratic principles. The fact is, an attack on the free press is an attack on our democracy, and these attacks need to stop.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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