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Thursday, August 30, 2018
“Trump says journalists are the ‘enemy of the people’” by the Sun-Times Editorial Board
“He couldn’t be more wrong, and we are sure you know it... We are, at the Sun-Times, the enemy of unchecked authority and undeserved privilege. We are the enemy of self-entitlement. We are the enemy of the notion that the only way up is to hold somebody else down.
“We are the enemy of nothing but ‘thoughts and prayers’ when children are slaughtered. We are the enemy of faked-up outrage. We are the enemy of deadly streets and violent gangs. We are the enemy of thugs who shoot into crowds.
“We are the enemy of the societal failings of our city and country that have shaped the thugs and given them space. We are the enemy, that is to say, of dead-end jobs and no jobs, bad schools, racism, bad parenting and people who look away.
“We are the friend, though, of so much more. That’s why [on August 15th] we join[ed] some 350 newspapers across the country, led by The Boston Globe, in promoting freedom of the press in light of Trump’s attacks on reporters.
“We are the friend of righteous anger and real tears. We are the friend of real solutions, like tougher gun laws and better schools.
“We are the friend of the teacher who never gives up, of the small business owner who hires ex-offenders, of the bus driver who makes every last stop, of the architect who designs a beautiful building, and of the bricklayer and ironworker who build it. We are the enemy of bad policing. But we are the friend of every good cop, which is most cops.
“We are the friend of an open lakefront, a clean Chicago River, excellent middle linebackers and deep-dish pizza. Above all, we are the enemy of bad journalism, and we commit ourselves each day to practicing the best journalism. We do our best to tell our city’s story, the sum total of every Chicagoan’s story, straight and fair, come what may. So it has been, and so it always will be.
“The Chicago Sun, precursor to the Sun-Times, was founded 77 years ago for the explicit purpose of standing up for working men and women — ‘the people.’
“…It felt the pain of the men and woman standing in soup lines. It championed pretty much everything Col. Robert McCormick’s Tribune despised: the rights of unions, Social Security, a minimum wage, the dignity of immigrants and a progressive income tax…
“Trump calls journalists the ‘enemy of the people,’ but there’s hardly any news in that. Politicians in a jam always beat up on the media. The difference is one of degree. Trump has all but incited violence against reporters at his rallies…
“We firmly believe most Americans know that Trump is talking nonsense, whatever they might tell the pollsters. We firmly believe they understand that a free society is impossible without a free press. For their sake — for the sake of ‘the people’ — we will do our job” (Chicago Sun-Times).
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